I wanted to ask her if she misses China and her friends in China.

So I asked,


Don't you miss China and your friends in China?

But instead, she understood it as 'I don't miss China and friends inside China'. Where have I gone wrong?

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    Are you sure she understood it wrong? – Mo. Jul 26 '18 at 5:07
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    As a native speaker, I cannot understand this question at my first sight. I thought "你不想" means "Don't you want to......". – NoobTW Jul 26 '18 at 8:02

Just sound odd to native, 你不想念中国和在中国的朋友吗 is the common express.

add 念 to make it clear from 想(think) and 想(miss)

You don't need 里 after a place name.

But this is still not a Chinese style, the typical is 你不想念你的家乡/祖国吗? 家乡/祖国 include friends and other things.

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So your problem is that your friend mistake your question as a negative sentence, is that right? Otherwise I don't see where she misunderstood it.

Similar to English, we distinguish questions from statements with phonetics. You should use an obvious rising tone to suggest you are asking a question.

Or begin your sentence with

问你个问题, Let me ask you a question,

It might also be the rhyme you used to say this long sentence.

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