In English I can say "what about X?" to mean "why did you mention X?", "what were you going to say about X?", "what does it have to do with X?" and so on.

How can I ask the same thing in japanese? In particular, in casual speach.

Note that this is not what I'm asking about: "I like sushi. How about you?"

My question about this: for example, we're walking with my friend and suddenly she yells "sushi!". And then she says nothing. Strange. I don't get her and ask her "Sushi? What about sushi"?

  • I'm not exactly sure I get what you're asking...
    – ajsmart
    Sep 4, 2017 at 1:48
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    Something like Xがどうした? not an overly polite way, and not fitting every context, but that's the problem of the question not being specific enough.
    – macraf
    Sep 4, 2017 at 1:53
  • @ajsmart, updated.
    – Kumaro
    Sep 4, 2017 at 4:09
  • @macraf, updated
    – Kumaro
    Sep 4, 2017 at 4:09
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    what about "すしだって?”
    – Locksleyu
    Sep 4, 2017 at 4:37

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I think the words you want are "すしがどうした!", "なんですし?", "すしが何!". I think there are many ways to say this.

  • what are other ways?
    – Kumaro
    Sep 5, 2017 at 6:46
  • For example, すしがなんだよ!、すしがどうかしたの?, すしがなんなの! and so on. Sep 5, 2017 at 7:10

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