How do you translate the "nan" in "kore wa nan desu ka" from rōmaji to kanji?
Is "これわなんですか" correct?
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First of all, the writing system you are refering to is
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.
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.