When reading a japanese newspaper there's a lot of kanjis, but how do you know the correct reading if you come across a kanji you dont know? Is there some easy way to look it up, or do you just have to know the word beforehand?
- The kanji used in newspapers are basically limited to those on the joyo kanji table, which includes only(?) 2,136 characters as of 2018 (there are a small number of exceptions). This means native adults are unlikely to encounter a totally new kanji while reading newspapers. Unsurprisingly, newspapers are meant to be read and understood by native speakers without dictionaries.
- Some proper nouns have rare difficult kanji, but they come with its readings in hiragana or katakana anyway.
- The majority of difficult kanji are keisei moji, which means you can often make a reasonable guess once you've understood the general pattern.
- If you do want to look up a kanji, there is a special type of Japanese dictionary for that, and there is software that allows you to find kanji from mouse strokes.