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Is 日 “hi” or “ni”? [duplicate]

日 is at the start of "Nihon" (Japan) making me think it means "Ni" but 日 means Day which is written in romaji as "hi" and pronounced "hi". If 日 has multiple meanings how am I supposed to read it?
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When am I supposed to know when to use the On-Yomi (sound-element) or Kun-Yomi (meaning element)? [duplicate]

I'll just start off by saying I'm not exactly new to Japanese but I'm still learning the kindergarten equivalent of what native speakers learn. I've mastered Hiragana and Katakana and am using Genki ...
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kun'yomi vs on'yomi [duplicate]

i'm just starting kanji , and a bit confused. if onyomi is when two kanji together why is 日曜日  has both of the reading?when do i read the kanji kunyomi even so it's with another kanji?or do i just ...
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The rules of kanji reading [duplicate]

I don't completely understand how to read kanji. For example why is in 日立, 日 read as 'hi'? I know the kundoku version is used with okurigana and if kanji stands alone. Why isn't it used as ondoku ...
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Why does 生 change pronunciation. e.g. 生 = nama but 生きて= ikite [duplicate]

I am currently teaching myself japanese and I was listening to a japanese song and one of the words in that song was 生きて and as I am learning, I wanted to see what the first letter meant (or radical, ...
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Do Kanji have consistency in pronounciation like Chinese HanZi? [duplicate]

I learned to speak Mandarin a while ago and have understanding of Kanji thanks to that. However, I'm new to learning and im tripping up over this, till i wrap my mind around it. Do Kanji have several ...
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Can kanji compounds be formed arbitrarily?

I will take 客 as an example: Can 客 form a compound with 席, 娟, and all the other thousands of Japanese 漢字? If I put 席客, but not 客席, will the meaning be different? Or will it just have no meaning? Or ...
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Should I start with Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji? [closed]

I want to start learning to read Japanese (I already know romaji) and I was wondering which writing system would be better to start with. Or should I start all at the same time?
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Which reading does Google Translate use for kanji words?

I used a web service to emulate the name "Siavosh" in Kanji. First, you select your name parts from a table of kana and then it gives you a combination of kanji with pronunciation of each kanji ...
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On-/Kun-yomi & Hiragana/Katakana

fellow Japanese lovers! I've been studying Japanese on my own for a few months, and have reached the point where I have a question that I can't find decisively asked or answered anywhere. I'm hoping ...
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What's the difference between “on”, “oto” and “ne”

I've seen some various examples where the kanji "音" has different readings (おん, おと and ね) and couldn't found out when to use each one. Is there a general rule to know each one should I use in an ...