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Jul
22
comment How to know which On reading to use?
Well, right off the bat there's "two" which has both NI and JI. Person is both "NIN" and "JIN." "Sun" is both "NICHI" and "JITSU." And these are all just On readings.
Jul
22
revised Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
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Jul
22
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
Yes, but it wasn't clear to me. The essence of this question is slightly more specific. If you look two answers above that one, I was still asking question in the comments, but nobody was paying attention anymore. Hence I transferred it to a new question. I re-read your suggested answer again, but that doesn't clarify to me this one point: do the multiple readings signify anything other than different names for the character in different contexts? Is it true that the readings do not differentiate meanings in of themselves?
Jul
22
comment How to know which On reading to use?
Basic concepts, old as human thought, like the number one.
Jul
22
comment How to know which On reading to use?
And on top of that, most sources seem to say in Japanese you count using the On readings. So what are the Kun readings used for with numbers, if not to pronounce them when they appear by themselves?
Jul
22
asked How to know which On reading to use?
Jul
22
asked Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
Jul
22
comment What's with this “On reading”/“Kun reading” thing? Is it important to learn both as a beginner?
Seriously, every result that comes up when you google "Learn the Kanji" shows you an On reading and a Kun reading and then tells you the meaning. Am I understanding this wrong? Do the separate readings still mean the same thing?
Jul
22
comment What's with this “On reading”/“Kun reading” thing? Is it important to learn both as a beginner?
They give you a meaning or a short list of meanings but they don't pair them with the readings properly.
Jul
21
comment What's with this “On reading”/“Kun reading” thing? Is it important to learn both as a beginner?
Okay, getting there. But in all the guides I've seen, they show multiple readings, but that's it. What I mean to say is that they say, you can pronounce this kanji this way or that way, but they don't specify which meaning is associated with which reading. What good is knowing the multiple readings if you don't know the different meanings? I can't find any resources that pair them properly.
Jul
20
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Jul
20
comment What's with this “On reading”/“Kun reading” thing? Is it important to learn both as a beginner?
What are some readings in capital letters, and parts of them placed in parentheses? Also, I still don't fully grasp this. How did you get otona out of a combination of those two characters? I don't see "to" or "na" as components of any of the readings, so I can't see how it added up to that. I can see how you got daininki...
Jul
20
asked What's with this “On reading”/“Kun reading” thing? Is it important to learn both as a beginner?
Jul
19
comment Is it standard practice, or acceptable, to connect strokes in certain characters of hiragana?
FANTASTIC link.
Jul
19
revised Is it standard practice, or acceptable, to connect strokes in certain characters of hiragana?
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Jul
19
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Jul
19
revised Is it standard practice, or acceptable, to connect strokes in certain characters of hiragana?
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Jul
19
asked Is it standard practice, or acceptable, to connect strokes in certain characters of hiragana?
Jul
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Jul
14
comment Why are the katakana important to learn?
True. But those words no longer look the same. They may have started out as loanwords (perhaps that's what everyone's been saying?), but 400-600 years later I no longer think of them that way, especially given how markedly most of them have changed by now.