I am new to japanese and I want to know how to find the differences between words that are pronounced the exact same way. So lets say there was a word in Hiragana and a word in Katakana, both pronounced the same way. And i was have a general conversation with a Japanese person, how would we know the difference between them
For example, きかい can mean either "machine" (機械) or "opportunity" (機会). You can come up with some sort of sentence that includes one of them, and it may be ambiguous:
When spoken (or written in kana), this sentence can mean one of two things:
- I didn't have a chance to introduce myself.
- There was no machine that introduces itself.
Hopefully it should be obvious which one it is, especially when given a context.