amelicalearns (amelicalearns) wrote in linguaphiles,

Chinese : confusion with the use of 要,喜欢 (喜歡),想 and 会(會)

I'm confused on how to say "I want..." and "I like..." in Chinese. Sometimes, I see the translation as 要 and other times as 喜欢, and some other times as 想. How do I determine which word to use?

Also, I sometimes see 要 used as "going to..." or "will..." and other times it's 会. How do I determine which word to use?

By the way, I'm trying to learn simplified Chinese (Mandarin) and traditional Chinese at the same time, so could that be the source of confusion? Thanks!

Tags: chinese, mandarin
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shengsu

June 6 2014, 10:45:25 UTC 4 months ago

要 means you need to do something and 想 means you want (or think) to do it. 会 means you know how to do it. 喜欢 means you like or even love something. 要 and 会 also take a part in some constructions, where they doesn't have their modal meaning - like in construction of near future 快要...了 or construction of possibility in future 会. There is more very often used modal verbs, that making things harder - 能, 应该(得) and so on. It is one of the hardest parts of Chinese and I'd recommend you to learn from examples. Try tatoeba.org for it.

amelicalearns

June 6 2014, 11:55:20 UTC 4 months ago

I think that makes it clearer to me now. Thank you.