Learn 4 meanings of 怎么 (zěnme) with our new video:
怎么 (zěnme) can be used in a greeting. Next time you run into an old friend, you can say:
- Hēi, nǐ zuìjìn zěnmeyàng?
- Hey, how have you been lately?
2. What’s wrong?
Imagine a friend who’s been acting strangely or looking bad recently. You’re worried about him/her. To ask what’s wrong, you can say:
- Wèi, nǐ zěnme le?
- Hey, what happened to you?
3. What to do?
Imagine you face a problem or a task too difficult to solve. What can you say?
- Zhè gè tí tài nán le, wǒ gāi zěnme bàn?
- This task is too difficult. What should I do?
The question 怎么办 (zěnme bàn) is commonly used when people don’t know what in the face of difficulties.
4. How to…?
The last meaning of 怎么 (zěnme) is the most common one, actually. It’s “how”. It can be used to ask how to do something.
The structure is:
[ 怎么 (zěnme) + Verb + ?]
- Zhège cí zěnme dú?
- How to read/pronounce this word?
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