How to Ask Questions Using WH Words

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One way to ask a question in Chinese is by using "WH Words", namely 什么, 为什么, 哪里, 哪个, 谁, 怎么, etc. In this video lesson, you are going to learn meanings of these words, and how to form questions by using them. Click WH-questions in Chinese for more detailed explanation!

什么 (shén me) What

Shénme shì "shènɡnǚ"?

什么是“剩女”?

What is “leftover lady”?

Nǐ de mínɡzi shì shénme?

你的名字是什么?

What’s your name?

为什么 (wèi shénme) Why

Wèishénme nǐ xǐhuɑn xué hànyǔ?

为什么你喜欢学汉语?

Why do you like learning Chinese?

Yīnwèi hànyǔ hěn yǒu yìsi.

因为汉语很有意思。

Because Chinese is very interesting.

什么时候 (shénme shíhou) When

Nǐ de shēnɡrì shì shénme shíhou?

你的生日是什么时候?

When is your birthday?

Nǐ shénme shíhou qù Běijīnɡ?

你什么时候去北京?

When will you go to Beijing?

哪(里) (nǎlǐ) Where

Chāoshì zài nǎ?

超市在哪?

Where is the supermarket?

Nǎ shì nǐ de jiāxiānɡ?

哪是你的家乡?

Where is your hometown?

哪个 (nǎ ɡè) Which

nǎɡè shì nǐde qiān bǐ?

哪个是你的铅笔?

Which is your pencil?

Nǎ wèi shì nǐ ɡēɡe?

哪位是你哥哥?

Which is your elder brother?

谁 (shuí) Who

nǐ de lǎo shī shì shuí?

你的老师是谁?

Who is your teacher?

shuí shì nǐ de ɡē ɡe?

谁是你的哥哥?

Who is your brother?

怎么 (zěn me) How

Nǐ zěnme qù xuéxiào?

你怎么去学校?

How do you go to school?

Zhè ɡe cí zěnme dú?

这个词怎么读?

How do you read this word?

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