When you ask the question "Why" in Chinese, it seems that it is ok to say, for example: 你为什么学中文. If you just simply wanted to ask "Why?" do you still use 为什么. For example, if someone says: A: 你应该学中文 And another person responds B: 为什么？ I seem to remember reading somewhere that there is a slightly different way to ask "Why" in this context. Is this true?
helencao_counselorMay 11, 2010, 09:44 PM
你为什么学中文 refers to one is asking another the reason why he or she is learning Chinese. 但是 in the sencond example you mentioned above, it refers to B is asking A the reason "why should B learning Chinese?".
Another way to ask "why" is to use "怎么。。。了呢"？
For example, if someone says:
Hope that makes sense.