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The classic question (at least when speaking english) is to ask a child what he wants "to do" when he grows up. Now this "to do" is very vague - and, in a lot of instances, doesn't actually mean "do" (So much as "Be") I'm interested, in Chinese, how is this classic question asked?

Is it "你长到以后想干什么啊?“ or is there a more natural way to say this?

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Well, there's several way to say it. In addition to what you wrote, you can also use or . For example, 長大後你想做什麼? or 你長大後想當什麼?

A more formal way, e.g. in essay questions, is to use 志向. For example: 你未來的志向是什麼?

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