Could this be translated as "something new" also? The drop-down hints list "something" as a possibility for شيء also.
Yes, that's possible as well
how do you
Something new should be allowed too
This is the seventh time I had the word شَيء this lesson but the first time that it was highlighted as a new word. Isn't the word supposed to be highlighted the first time we see it?
Since this doesn't have ال in front, it can't be definite.... Right?
Yep. It's indefinite
...might describe their really bad day
How is backwards 2 at the end fit in the theory? Is that like its own letter?
Kinda of - it's there for you to stop the sound with your throat instead of "joining" the words. Probably more noticeable when we get to an advanced level