Probably a very simple question for those more familiar with Japanese language. How この間 are usually pronounced? Dictionary gives both このかん and このあいだ, I was wondering which one is most likely to be used in modern language, and is there any significant difference in meaning between pronunciations?

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    I've never heard or seen the reading このカン. What dictionary are you working from?
    – virmaior
    Jun 21 '14 at 15:08
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    @virmaior I use zkanji and while marked as not frequently used, このカン is still mentioned.
    – Dmitriy
    Jun 21 '14 at 15:16
  • There's also このま
    – Kaji
    Jun 21 '14 at 17:35
  • @snailboat I can't cite any specific quotation offhand right this moment, but I've heard it in frustrated exclamations a few times.
    – Kaji
    Jun 21 '14 at 19:03
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    間 is read ま when it means "a silent pause". search.yahoo.co.jp/… Jun 22 '14 at 0:16

Both are used, but the possible reading depends on the meaning.

during this time period: このかん or このあいだ (I think both are OK)

I have been sitting here for the last two hours. During this period, nobody came.

the other day: このあいだ

I went to a movie with my family the other day.

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