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なにか can mean something as well as somehow while なんだか is always the adverb somehow. なんか is a less formal, more colloquial version of なにか with its に changed to ん (cf. 撥音便) Although だ should be etymologically the copula, but as you can see in the link, it would be simpler to consider them as independent words on their own. Some examples: なんだか悲しい気分だ = なんか悲しい気分だ ...


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なんだか is three words なん + だ + か but it's become a set phrase and is used as a word itself pretty much to express an idea like somehow, somewhat, or rather. 今日はなんだかさむい It's rather cold today. なんか is different with a couple of different uses. It's usually an informal version of なにか or など. なんか冷たいものが飲みたい。 I want something cold to drink. Or 絵や音楽なんかに興味がない ...


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