How to remember "want / important" - 要 - yào

Unfortunately this 'how to' also involves female stereotypes but, eh, what can you do?  


This character - has several different meanings but this is how I remember the more dominant use as a fourth tone, yào.  Generally it means (to) want something or for something to be vital / important.


The character has two parts.  The bottom is nǚ, which represents a woman.

The top part of the character looks like a purse.


Of course, a purse is important to a woman and is something they want.  


- yào - want / important

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Comment by East Asia Student on December 24, 2010 at 4:00am
Well, the slightly offensive mnemonics always work the best
Comment by Niel de la Rouviere on December 23, 2010 at 11:41am
Haha, never thought of if this way. Excellent.

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