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学生さんなんですか?

Is she asking the name of the school I go to or what year I'm in? She was talking about how busy she's been at work and I told her I was busy with my studies as well and she replied with this.

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    The 何 is a typo for なん. 「学生なんですか?」 "Are you a student?" – Chocolate Dec 13 '15 at 16:20
  • she actually wrote「 学生さんなんですか?」 – Michelle Dec 14 '15 at 14:43
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    I think she was asking, Are you a student? – RajSharma Dec 15 '15 at 4:41
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As @choco points out in the comment section, 何 is a typo for なん (ん being a contraction of の).

You can read more about なんです(か) here:

  • But would it really be a typo? I would argue more a colloquial writing choice that a typographical error. From the times I have asked writers of similar, it is usually a conscious effort to not use the Kanji / to use hiragana instead (as for reasoning, there has been everything from trying to be more cute, trying to avoid Kanji and just a preference for it.). – The Wandering Coder Dec 15 '15 at 7:39
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    @TheWanderingCoder The typo is that the kanji was used, not that it wasn't. This なん comes from なの; the one spelt 何 comes from なに. – Aeon Akechi Dec 15 '15 at 7:54
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    Apologies, there was no Kanji when I got to the question. It was a little bit confusing. I will endeavour to check question edits better next time. – The Wandering Coder Dec 16 '15 at 6:44

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