How to say "and so on" in Chinese - sentence examples for 什么的 shén me de

一杯水够了吗?不要一瓶啤酒什么的? Is a glass of water enough? Don't you want a bottle of beer or something like that? Yībēi shuǐ gòule ma? Bùyào yī píng píjiǔ shénme de?

 

什么的 shén me de /or something like that/ and so on / and what not / etc./stuff like that

There is at least one other way to say "etc." in Chinese, but I've found that Americans like to add "or something like that" and "stuff like that" to the end of a list.  The phrase 什么的 (shén me de) is the best translation I've found for that.  It's an easy way to sound a bit more natural when you speak, and it gives you some time to think.  

Translate 1 of these or write your own to get feedback on your writing:

  • He can't sing, dance, or stuff like that.
  • What about the laptop and the cellphones and stuff like that?
  • She's not a model or an actress or something like that.
  • I just bought fruit: apples, oranges, bananas, things like that.

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He can't sing, dance, or stuff like that.

他唱歌,跳舞,什么的都不会干。

What about the laptop and the cellphones and stuff like that?

关于笔记本电脑,手机设么的,怎么办呢?

She's not a model or an actress or something like that.

她不是个模特儿,个女演员,什么的。

I just bought fruit: apples, oranges, bananas, things like that.

我就买些水果了,苹果,橘子,香蕉什么的。

他不能唱歌,跳舞,什么的.
tā bù néng chàng gē, tiào wǔ, shénme de

He can't sing, dance, or stuff like that.

呸, 我不喜欢水果。 有没有芯片, 比萨,什么的

pēi, wǒ bù xǐhuan shuǐguǒ 。 yǒu méi yǒu xīnpiàn , bǐ sà , shénme de?

yuck, I hate fruit. Are there chips, pizza, anything like that?

That's a great one Gillian! My youngest son hates fruit, so that's a pretty high frequency question around here. Thanks for adding it!

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