First of all, the writing system you are refering to is hiragana. Not kanji. And no, it would not be これわなんですか。

The correct way to write it would be this:


The only real difference here is that the は character, pronounced "ha" normally, is being used as a subject particle in this sentence. So is therefore pronounced "wa" and written as "wa" in Romaji.

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Another example is the word こんにちは (konnichiwa) which uses the "ha" character as a "wa", but in this case is not a subject marker.

Seperated into seperate words, your sentence is this:

Hiragana: これ は なん です か



So your sentence literally means: What is this?

If you are looking for kanji and not hiragana, then the correct symbol would be this:


*: wa being used as the subject particle.

**: です(desu) does not always mean "is"

***: ka is a question marker, making the sentence a question.

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何 can be read nan or nani and it means "what".

"kore wa" means "this" and "desuka" indicates a question.

So "kore wa nan desu ka" basically means "What is this?"

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In hiragana, これはなんですか。なん is 何 in kanji."何" You can read nani, nan. that means what."korewa 〜 desuka" means Is this. (If sentence has desuka, it is Question)

Anyway, "kore wa nandeska" means What"s this?

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