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reading 明日 – ashita why kanji for 日 – nichi dont have shita reading in any dictinary online? [duplicate]

in word 明日 – ashita character 明 –has kunyomi reading (a) in every dictionary but 日 – dont have any shita reading or atleast i haven't found it in jisho or other online dictionary. same goes for other ...
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Why the pronunciation of some words is different than their components? [duplicate]

美味しい is being pronounced おいしい, but it is not the sum of the way its kanji components are being pronounced. I think I have also seen it in some other words. So why is that the pronunciation of some ...
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why is 剃刀 read as kamisori? [duplicate]

I just started learning kanji so I might be missing something very basic. 剃刀 = 剃 + 刀 How come I can't combine 剃 and 刀's readings to form kamisori?
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Do Kanji have consistency in pronunciation 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 I'm tripping up over this, till I wrap my mind around it. Do Kanji have ...
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What is the term for special words that don't use standard readings or regular modifications? [duplicate]

Words like 大人、下手、上手... as おとな, へた, じょうず. What is the name for terms of this type? Not including: Kanji that don't use their specified readings. The answers for おみやげ don't answer the ...
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Why is 日本 read as “nihon” but not “nitsuhon”?

If I want to say only 日本 in a sentence then each character is pronounced in its onyomi version isn't it? If this is an exception and one (or all) of the characters is not pronounced in onyomi version ...
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Is it always necessary to ask how someone's name is pronounced if you encounter it first in writing?

This question is similar to "how many kanji do Japanese natives know?" but a bit more specific, because I'm particularly interested in the jinmeiyō kanji. My understanding is that they are the kanji ...
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Are there any words that are longer in kanji than in hiragana?

The number of hiragana to write the pronunciation of kanji always seems to be longer than or equal to the number of kanji. I.e. each kanji corresponds to one or more hiragana. Are there any words ...
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日曜日,the different meanings and pronunciations of 日

I am not sure about the pronunciation rules of kanji in Japanese. I understand that there are several pronunciations for each kanji, and I am wondering how native speakers decide when to use which ...
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What happens when a speaker could not read a kanji character when reading a text out loud?

I am currently in the process of slowly learning kanji. I have found out that there are 2136 characters of general use "joyo" kanji, but it is said that the total number of kanji characters could be ...
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出来る{できる}: kun'yomi from Takoboto dictionary do not correspond

Can someone please help me determine why the kanji section of the Tokoboto dictionary entry for dekiru (できる) does not list a で entry by itself (with no trailing dot / nothing after the dot, and lists ...
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Exceptions to kanji readings

あなた can be written in kanji as 貴方. However, I noticed that no combination of the readings of those two characters is at all similar to the pronunciation they produce together - this is the first time ...
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Reading per kanji / irregular readings

My question essentially boils down to the following: Is it always possible to assign a (regular / irregular) reading to a single kanji within some word? It is related to this post: Kanji that don'...
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How does 方 becomes なた in 何方?

Most dictionaries say that 方 is read as ホウ, かた/がた, え. But why does it change in [何方]{どなた} and is completely different in [何方]{どちら}? Are those some archaic readings or some 'synergetic' words that ...