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The Chinese word shenme - 什么 - shénme
(what in Chinese)

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English translations

what, whatever, anything, something

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Chinese characters  ( shenme / shénme ) with pronunciation (English translation: what )

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什么 ( shenme / shénme ) is composed of these characters: (shen) , (me)
什么 ( shenme / shénme ) in traditional characters
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 什么 ( shenme / shénme ) 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).

Ni yao shenme?
Nĭ yào shénme?
 – English translation: What do you want?

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什么 ( shenme / shénme ) belongs to the 10 most common composed words in Chinese language (rank 3)
Chinese words containing the word 什么 ( shenme / shénme ) :
wèi shénme ( 为什么 : why )
More words that mean what in Chinese
( 何 ), nài ( 奈 ), shén ( 什 ), zĕn ( 怎 ), zĕnme ( 怎么 )

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