English translation of '想'
- (= 思考)
think (pt, pp thought)
⇒ 想办法(xiǎng bànfǎ)
think of a way
⇒ 你帮我想个办法吧！(Nǐ bāng wǒ xiǎng gè bànfǎ ba!)
Help me think of a way to do it!
- (= 推测)
⇒ 我想他会同意的。(Wǒ xiǎng tā huì tóngyì de.)
I reckon he'll agree.
⇒ 我想今天可能会下雨。(Wǒ xiǎng jīntiān kěnéng huì xià yǔ.)
I reckon it might rain today.
- (= 打算)
⇒ 我想换个工作。(Wǒ xiǎng huàn gè gōngzuò.)
I want to change jobs.
- (= 想念)
⇒ 孩子们很想妈妈。(Háizimen hěn xiǎng māma.)
The children miss their mother.
⇒ 刚到这里时,她特别想家。(Gāng dào zhèlǐ shí, tā tèbié xiǎng jiā.)
When she first arrived here she missed home terribly.
In a positive sentence, both 想 (xiǎng) and 要 (yào) can be used to express "want to". To express "I don't want to", it is more common to use 不想 (bù xiǎng), as the expression 不要 (bù yào) is stronger and indicates a definite decision, meaning "I shall not (under any circumstances)".
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Translation of 想 from the Collins Chinese to English Dictionary