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The Chinese word he - 何 - hé
(what in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)

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English translations

what, prefix

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Chinese characters  ( he / hé ) with pronunciation (English translation: what )
The traditional Chinese characters of are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 何 ( he / hé ) Writing in Pinyin
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If you cannot use Chinese characters, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Tamen neng nai wo he?
Tāmen néng nài wŏ hé?

 – English translation: What can they do to me?

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(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

why  |  how
何 ( he / hé ) belongs to the 500 most common Chinese characters (rank 243)
Chinese example words containing the character 何 ( he / hé )
俄克拉何马 ( Ékèlāhémă = Oklahoma ), 何等 ( hédĕng = how ), 任何 ( rènhé = any ), 任何地方 ( rènhé dìfāng = everywhere ), 如何 ( rúhé = how )
Other characters that are pronounced hé in Chinese
More words that mean what in Chinese
nài ( 奈 ), shén ( 什 ), shénme ( 什么 ), zĕn ( 怎 ), zĕnme ( 怎么 )
More words that mean prefix in Chinese
chū ( 初 )

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