I want to know how to read Japanese school grades, like 「小1」「中3」, etc.

Would be very thankful if both pronunciation and accent could be provided.

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小【しょう】, 中【ちゅう】 or 高【こう】, followed by いち/に/さん/よん/ご/ろく.

The pitch accent is always 平板 (flat/unaccented), i.e., しょうろく【LLHHH】, こうに【LHH】 and so on.

Somehow we do not usually say 大一 ~ 大四.

  • I think I may misunderstand. You say the pitch accent is flat and then show something which I thought meant that it was rising. Nov 9, 2020 at 20:31
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    @user3856370 The first two morae of a Japanese word must have different pitch in Japanese. The term "flat" actually means "no falling point in or after the word". It's "Accent position: 0" in this article. I understand this is confusing...
    – naruto
    Nov 9, 2020 at 21:38
  • Then how do we usually express 大一 ~ 大四? Nov 10, 2020 at 2:23
  • @古手梨花 大学1年生 and so on.
    – naruto
    Nov 10, 2020 at 2:24

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