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The Chinese word wei shenme - 为什么 - wèi shénme
(why in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)

wèi shénme

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English translations

why, what for, how come

Chinese characters:

Chinese characters  ( wei shenme / wèi shénme ) with pronunciation (English translation: why )

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为什么 ( wei shenme / wèi shénme ) is composed of these characters: (wei) , (shen) , (me)
为什么 ( wei shenme / wèi shénme ) in traditional characters
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 为什么 ( wei shenme / wèi shénme ) Writing in Pinyin
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Ni wei shenme zai zheli?
Nĭ wèi shénmē zaì zhèlĭ?

 – English translation: Why are you here?

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what  |  for
为什么 ( wei shenme / wèi shénme ) belongs to the 100 most common composed words in Chinese language (rank 96)
More words that mean why in Chinese
zĕn ( 怎 ), zĕnme ( 怎么 )

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