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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
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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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