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Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
Each "Learn Japanese" site that I've found takes a slightly different approach and seems to leave large gaps in understanding, and I'm trying to piece things together by asking questions here. As I better my understanding, my questions will be better informed and more precise, and this spate of initial questions will subside. However, in the meantime, it would be great if the Japanese.SE community could tell me on each occasion what's wrong with my questions so as to help me get there sooner, rather than one huge 4-up-voted comment to say that As Usual I Asked A Bad Question.
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
Alright. I am very new to this. As I understand things now, this question seemed very specific to me: Are there patterns in okurigana in terms of how they change the meaning of kanji? It's very possible and even likely that I strongly misunderstood the purpose of okurigana. If my question was in fact terrifically inaccurate/problematic on multiple levels, then I apologize. The problem is that I'm trying to learn from scratch through the internet, and it's difficult to figure out the path to take on your own without any instructors/class environment, particularly with my first Eastern language.
Jul
23
accepted How to know what Okurigana signify?
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
Wow. Wowwww. Way to go, Flaw, hell of an edit. So one question: all those inflection okurigana-- they can be used to create the same inflections with every verb?
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
So are there many such so-to-speak "stock okurigana," those which can be pulled out and used with a variety of words to create the same change in meaning?
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
Ah, so there are at least some patterns! But surely if normal nouns, like "waterfall," for example, could have okurigana, they must mean something different every time?
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
You said what an okurigana does generically. Not how you can understand the specific impact of them on a singular kanji. For instance, is there a certain okurigana which is always used to turn a verb to past tense? Does the addition of tsu to a number always mean "that many things"? Are there patterns, or is it just memorization for each new kanji?
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
That actually didn't really answer the question... sorry.
Jul
23
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Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
As usual, an unexplained downvote. I'm really getting a little disgusted with this.
Jul
23
asked How to know what Okurigana signify?
Jul
22
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
Excellent! Great answer at this stage. I'll ask someone else about number 7 if someone else answers, but FYI if you go to this Wiktionary page you'll see what I'm referring to, as it lists Go-on and Kan-on readings in addition to the Kun reading. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E4%B8%80#Japanese
Jul
22
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
Very helpful addition. We're narrowing this down. Only question I have with regards to your current answer is about this statement: "What can be changed is what word you find the kanji, or if you use the On-reading or the Kun-reading to get your point across," and the example that follows it. I'm very new to this, so I don't know that kanji or that word (I'm trying to understand the principles before I start memorizing kanji), but are you saying that the choice lies in using the kanji by itself (Kun reading), or as part of a very similar-meaning compound word (On reading)?
Jul
22
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Jul
22
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
See edited OP for more info on question.
Jul
22
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
Good idea. I just made it as clear as I possibly could.
Jul
22
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Jul
22
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
Based on the character's context, there is only one right reading, or so I thought.
Jul
22
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
That is a very good start, the key piece in there is "A kanji has the same meaning no matter how it's read." Hopefully other answers will confirm this and not contradict it. But this still confuses me somewhat, as your example seems contrasting in nature with this particular problem. For instance, smart and intelligent are virtually interchangeable in English, in most cases. But as I understand it, Kun readings are always used when the character is by itself, and On is when it's in a compound word. So...it's not like the speaker has a choice, is it?
Jul
22
revised How to know which On reading to use?
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