Meaning and pronunciation of 呢

Simplified/traditional character



(question particle for subjects already mentioned)
  • particle indicating that a previously asked question is to be applied to the preceding word ('What about ...?', 'And ...?')
  • particle for inquiring about location ('Where is ...?')
  • particle signaling a pause, to emphasize the preceding words and allow the listener time to take them on board ('ok?', 'are you with me?')
  • (at the end of a declarative sentence) particle indicating continuation of a state or action
  • particle indicating strong affirmation

HSK levels


  • (kǒu): mouth
  • (shī): dead body
  • (bǐ): spoon / man overthrown
  • (ní): Buddhist nun; (often used in phonetic spellings);

Sentences examples with 呢

  • 我吃米饭,你呢?
    Wǒ chī mǐfàn, nǐ ne?
  • 他在打电话呢。
    Tā zài dǎ diànhuà ne.
  • 他和王先生说话呢。
    Tā hé wáng xiānshēng shuōhuà ne.
  • 你看,那本书在桌子上呢。
    Nǐ kàn, nà běn shū zài zhuōzi shàng ne.
  • 我在看书呢。
    Wǒ zài kànshū ne.

Words containing 呢, by HSK level

HSK 1 vocabulary list

  • (ne): (question particle for subjects already mentioned)