Japanese grammar なんか nanka

Japanese grammar なんか nanka

Let’s learn Japanese grammar なんか nanka :

JLPT level : N3

Formation :

Meaning and how to use :

1. “Something…”, describe thing we can’t tell clearly.

For example

なんか買いますか?
Nanka kai masu ka?
Do you by anything?

彼女が今日なんかおかしな点があるのが見える?
kanojo ga kyou nanka okashina ten ga aru no ga mieru?
Do you see anything strange on her?

見て!このスカート、可愛いじゃない?なんか言ってよ!
mi te! kono sukāto, kawaii ja nai? nanka itte yo!
Look! Is this skirt cute? Say something!

2. “don’t understand why….”

For example

今日妹が家にいない。なんか寂しいです。
kyou imouto ga ie ni i nai. Nan ka sabishii desu.
My sister is not at home today. I don’t know why I’m feel so lonely.

僕はなんかそんなことをするの。予感の通りかも。
boku ha nanka sonna koto o suru no. Yokan no toori kamo.
I dont know why i did like that. May be it’s inspiration

3. Pick the stand-out in an entire group to make an example. Also means “besides are things like that”. This is rough speaking of “など”, used in spoken language.

For example
お酒なんかアルコールの飲み物は絶対にのむな。
o sake nanka arukōru no nomimono ha zettai ni nomu na.
you mustn’t drink wine or alcoholic beverages.

犬なんかこのマンションで飼えない。
inu nanka kono manshon de kae nai.
Animals like dog is banned from here (not allowed to feed/raise here).

Related structures :

なんか nanka
かなんか kananka
~たりなんかして ~tarinannkashite
なんかない nankanai
なんか…ものか nanka…monoka
やなんか yananka
など nado

above is Japanese grammar なんか nanka. if you don’t understand the signs we used in fomation, you can find their meaning here : signs used in Japanese grammar structures.

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