I would like to translate in English a Chinese phrase, whose literal meaning is "to do some action, led by an interest in some goal". On this account, I have been wondering whether there exists an English adverb that expresses the meaning "with an interest"?

For example:

He is an expert in the field that I have a problem with, so I am expecting his talk "with a great interest"...


I researched your company "with an interest" and thus I came across your advert for ...

PS: The phrase, I am struggling to translate, means something along the lines of "If you want your life to be beneficial, live with an interest" (i.e. have an interest in something, follow some goals, seek, etc).

  • The word interest in English has various meanings, but there are two important ones. First, if I was a keen spotter of different kinds of birds and I went away every week-end with camera and binoculars, you could say that I had an interest in bird-watching. Another type of interest is a financial/ business or similar type of interest. If I own shares in a company which is hoping to win a major contract, you could say that I had an interest in the contract being placed. Think about those two kinds of interest for a moment and see if that helps you. I am here if you want more help.
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    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 17:30
  • The word that comes to mind for me is "pertinent" or "pertinence". It doesn't precisely fit but it's close. google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=pertinent+definition Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 17:34

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Eagerly is probably the word you are looking for. It's more common in everyday usage than ardently.

  • There's probably also something about the word ardently that just doesn't look or sound aesthetically very pleasing these days, in addition to being much more rarely understood now; it may just be my perception though. Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 12:53

Perhaps the most obvious choice is interestedly.

In an interested manner; through self-interest; with interest or concern.

1886 R. Broughton Dr. Cupid I. vii. 114 "A figure whose manœuvres are interestedly watched by the rest of the company."


I admit that the clash of so many alveolar consonants at the end of the word sounds rather clumsy.


There are a lot of words that might work, but I'd suggest ardently, which is defined by oxforddictionaries.com as "very enthusiastic or passionate".

One alternative suggested by that definition itself might be enthusiastically. Enthusiasm is defined by that same website as "intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval".

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    "Ardently" might suggest a little too much enthusiasm - I feel like it connotes just a hint of sexual excitement. Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 21:50
  • Sex sells... : ) Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 12:13

I was going to suggest "ardently," as it least implies great enthusiasm, which I don't believe is what you're going for. Perhaps "avidly" - although this also suggests enthusiasm - or "keenly," as this, at least to me, suggests "sharpness" rather than enthusiasm.


You say at the end there that you are trying to translate the phrase "live with an interest", but for "interest" you are seeking a word which means "have an interest in something, follow some goals, seek, etc". From that qualification, it's clear that what you need isn't a direct translation for the word "interest", but the appropriate English word for that sense of its meaning in Chinese.

I believe what you need is a fairly common English phrase - "live with purpose", or "live purposefully". If you look at the Google results for those phrases, I think you'll find they're discussing the same concept which you seek to translate. Both phrases have greatly increased in popularity in recent years, and should be familiar to most English-speakers who would be receptive to the statement you're translating.


There may not be a word that covers the full range of meaning for the two examples you gave, with great personal interest and having an interest in something, following some goals, seeking, etc.. Here are my suggestions individually:

He is an expert in the field that I have a problem with, so I am __________ expecting his talk.

  • eagerly : very excited and interested : feeling a strong and impatient desire to do something or for something
  • with much anticipation : a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen : the act of preparing for something
  • with bated breath : the condition of waiting for something to happen; subdued breathing due to high emotions

If you want your life to be beneficial, live __________.

  • purposefully : having a purpose, as a meaningful, b intentional : full of determination
  • for a purpose - this has a slightly different connotation than purposefully, suggesting that one has a high-level goal that one conforms all of one's actions to the service of.
  • intentionally : done in a way that is planned or intended
  • deliberately : characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration
  • with gusto : enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment or appreciation : vitality marked by an abundance of vigor and enthusiasm
  • wholeheartedly : completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic : marked by complete earnest commitment : free from all reserve or hesitation
  • boldly : assured, confident (possibly archaic)

You might also be interested in the phrase carpe diem : the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future

You might also like to look up passionate, fervent, zealous, enthusiastic.


Your first example is already an almost perfect use of the phrase "with great interest":

  • He is an expert in a field related to my problem, so I am awaiting his talk with great interest.

I can't come up with a good description of where this phrase works and doesn't work, but here are some more usage examples that sound right to me.

  • I read her letter with great interest, hoping for more news of the expedition.

  • We had more of a stake in the Church's decision than our neighbors could have imagined, and we followed the debate with great interest.


Some other options you might consider are:

Curiously which Dictionary.com defines as

eager to learn or know; inquisitive.

Inquisitively which Dictionary.com defines as

given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind. 2. unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.

Intently which google defines as

with earnest and eager attention.

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