We’re rewarding the question askers & reputations are being recalculated! Read more.

New answers tagged


I don't think shenmo is the correct pronunciation for 什麼. Although shenmo won't confuse people since if you're talking informally, shenmo is a common mispronunciation non-chinese speakers. Some accents/ dialects also pronounce 什麼 as shenmo,so yeah it depends on where you speak and who you're talking to.


First, 什麽 vs 什么 are just traditional Chinese vs simplified Chinese. They are the same characters. Second, if you look up them in dictionary, they have the same pinyin, shenme. Third, pinyin is invented as a standard for the current Mandarin Chinese. In many dialects, me and mo are the same, even in many Mandarin dialects. I couldn't understand why ...


While it is completely true that shén mo is not standard Chinese pronunciation, it is an extremely common way to pronounce it in regions across southeast asia---in particular, in Singapore and Malaysia. The vast majority of people there (locals in particular) pronounce it like this, instead of the technically "correct" shén me. Source: I'm Chinese and I ...

Top 50 recent answers are included