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N2 Lesson 9: 1/19

か何(なに)か
or something, or something like that

Pronounced as なんか in casual situations

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Noun +
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  • [Used to express uncertainty]
  • [Often used in questions, requests. Aか何か, A or something - maybe A, or maybe something else from a category]
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バーテンのひとみさん:「お飲(の)み物(もの)はいかがか?」
顧客(こきゃく)のにったさん:「ビール何(なに)かがほしいな。」
Hitomi, the bartender: "Would you like something to drink?".
Nitta, the customer: "I want a beer or something".
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警察官(けいさつかん):泥棒(どろぼう)はバール何(なに)かを使(つか)って、窓(まど)を開(あ)けたと思(おも)います。
Policeman: I think that the thief opened the window using a crowbar or something.
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A:「彼(かれ)どうしたの?3時間(じかん)も遅(おく)れるなんて...」
B:「バス来(く)るはずだから、交通(こうつう)渋滞(じゅうたい)何(なに)かような気(き)がする。」
A: "Where could he be? He's like three hours late now…"
B: "He should be coming by bus, so I have a feeling that he is stuck in traffic or something."
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