I'm looking for a way to express "hmmn" as in "hmnn... what should I do?" when I stumbled upon 噷. In wikipedia, it says that it is a way to 'indicate thinking' but in baidu, it doesn't appear to have that kind of meaning but rather conveys a sense of dissatisfaction or in a joking manner.

Is 噷 a common way to express the act of thinking or is there a better choice? Something like: [ ]..., 这该怎么办呢?

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噷 is not the one you are looking for.

In Chinese, we usually say 嗯.

  • @RayButterworth Yeah, it has other meanings and pronounciations as well.
    – dan
    Nov 29, 2019 at 23:51
  • Can I directly use that character in my example sentence? Like: 嗯......,这该怎么办呢?
    – CipherBot
    Nov 30, 2019 at 5:14
  • @CipherBot Yes, you can
    – dan
    Nov 30, 2019 at 6:49
  • @CipherBot Or, 额....., mmmm... can also work.
    – dan
    Nov 30, 2019 at 6:53
  • @RayButterworth 嗯 have more than 3 pronunciations. Including ǹg, ńg, ňg, ǹ, ń, ň according to dictionary. Notice that the tone is write above letter n, and there is no letter e in the pinyin. (Most pinyin IME did require typing en instead of n, but n is the correct way to write its pinyin.)
    – tsh
    Dec 3, 2019 at 10:48

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