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How do you know when to use rendaku? What are the words that always/never use it? [duplicate]

I know there are some words that always have rendaku (花)and some that never use it. Is there a rule for rendaku or does it depend on the word? Thanks in advance!
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About the word Akagami [duplicate]

So my question is very simple. I know that Akagami means red hair but isn't hair in japanese named "kami"? I want to understand why it is akagami instead of akakami. Hope this question doesn't sound ...
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ロンドン橋落ちた is pronounced はし or ばし? [duplicate]

ロンドン橋落ちた (London bridge is falling down) is pronounced はし or ばし? I heard this from a girl singing in the Guilty Crown episode 1 (8:30 mark). When I went to look it up, Google translate and ichi.moe ...
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Why is 田 read as だ instead of た/でん in 山田? [duplicate]

When looking up 田 on Jisho.org/田, it states it's readings as た and でん, but when the kanji is used in the family name Yamada (山田), the reading obviously changes to 'da'/だ. Is this something you just '...
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Pronunciation of 清音 and 濁音 [duplicate]

橋 reads as はし but 新橋 reads as しんばし 澤 as さわ and 金澤 as かなざわ etc. any rules for how to pronounce?
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Reading of the jukugo 友達 [duplicate]

I am new to the Japanese language and I have been wondering why the word 友達 is read as 'tomodachi' instead of 'tomotachi' even though its pronunciation is kun-kun (tomo-dachi) but the kun-yomi of 達 is ...
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Need help with 熊 pronunciation [duplicate]

Sorry if this question have already been asked but I did some research and didn't find anything about this. So I just started to learn some kanji and I decided to look around at names with kanji just ...
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Why is 鬼蜘 pronuenced おにぐも and not おにくも? [duplicate]

I noticed that sometimes the pronunciation changes when combining words. An other example is 不死斬り (ふしぎり) and 腹切り (はらきり); both 斬り and 切り are pronounced きり independently but only in 不死斬り is 斬り ...
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Why is it that when words get combined, the sound often gets softened? [duplicate]

I can't come up with an example right now. But hypothetically let's say there was a word that was ka. And they combined it with ku to make a new word. then it'd become kagu instead of kaku. It ...
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Why is 体(たい) never softened to だい? [duplicate]

I'm looking at the word 連続体(れんぞくたい) (I'm sure there are better examples, that's just the one that made me wonder). I find it rather clunky, whereas 「れんぞくだい」 would be much easier to pronounce. With a ...
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Why こころ is read as ごころ? [duplicate]

What's the difference between the Kanji 心(kokoro) and the kanji inserted after another kanji like in 乙女心 (otomegokoro)? Why the kanji in the first example is read as kokoro and in the another exemple ...
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When is "顔" かお or がお? [duplicate]

I've recently read about the slang that came from Kansai-ben, "どや顔" (doyagao) and realized that 顔 was spelt as "がお" instead of "かお". This is my first time seeing this so I was wondering what caused ...
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Confused with the readings of the kanji 達 and the word 友達 [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn japanese and I'm confused about the readings of the kanji '達'. If I go to a Japanese dictionary such as jisho, I can read all the on and kun readings, so far so good. But, for ...
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why 小林 read as こばやし not as こはやし? [duplicate]

why 小林 read as こばやし not as こはやし?
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Why is Katakana not pronounced Katagana?

I am a beginner in Japanese and I've noticed that when two words are compounded into one word the first letter of the second word changes. hira + kana = hiragana ko + hayashi = kobayashi ori + kami ...
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What is the difference between tori vs. dori?

In Aikido, different dojos seem to latch on to using either dori or tori when describing grabbing attacks. For instance one dojo might say: Katate Dori Another would say: Katate Tori Each dojo ...
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Onigiri and nigiri

I was reading this two articles: Onigiri wikipedia's article Nigiri explanation inside wikipedia's sushi article I first thought that onigiri was a type of sushi but it's not. It calls my attention ...
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Japanese term for weight gained in a loving relationship?

I came across this phrase in reading a few weeks ago, and can't for the life of me find the note I made on it. It refers to plumpness in a positive sense, reaching a comfortable state of gained ...
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When would I use ふん instead of ぷん?

What's the difference for using these? Examples: さんじごじゅうぷん ろくじよんじゅうごふん
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How do I read 通常版?

According to jisho.org, 通常 is pronounced as つうじょう. I don't know how to pronounce 版 in 通常版. How is it pronounced?
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Correct grammar for "snow fox"?

I looked up in translator that "Snow fox" is gonna be "Yuki no kitsune". Ok, yuki - snow, kitsune - fox. But what if I get rid of "no" part? What if I spell it like "Yuki kitsune" or "Kitsune yuki". ...
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/h/ sound changing in some Japanese counters

I just noticed that the quantifying words that have an initial sound as /h/ such as 本、匹、分 For example: 本 hon /h/ becomes /p/ : 1,6,8,10 /h/ becomes /b/ : 3,?? and ん sound before /b/ becomes /m/ (is ...
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Is "入っ" still pronounced "はい" when reading it? (Okurigana question)

I am fairly new to reading kanji and grammar, and I just learned that "入る" is pronounced "はい" because it is an okurigana. My question is, are all okurigana pronounced in their &...
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Is V2 + ころ / ごろ a pattern or not

Xは食べごろだ。 Time to eat X. X is ready to be eaten. Question: Can -koro/-goro be used as a general pattern by adding to masu-stem of the verb to produce meaning, that it is time to do this? For ...
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What does the word 「すねぐれて」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. 世をすねぐれて 十五年 孤児院ぐらしは身につかず Is it a combination of 2 verbs between 「すねる」and 「ぐれる」? I understand that 2 verbs can be combined with て-form of the first one. ...
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Why 一番星 read as Ichibanboshi instead of Ichibanhoshi?

Why do they read as Ichibanboshi? Isn't the Kunyomi of 星 is hoshi? Moreover, why do 星 is read with Kunyomi? Isn't supposed to be read with it's Onyomi considering that 一番星 is a bunch of kanji without ...
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Many subject and topic particles in the same sentence

I'm new here but had some trouble finding this so I am going to ask. Is it OK to have more than one は or が particles in the same sentence, I've realized that in cases that there is a comma it is OK ...
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Rendaku (連濁) in graffiti?

I was wondering about the reading of 糞社会 in the graffiti in this image: ふんしゃかい or ふんじゃかい? There does not seem to be an easy way to know, as the Wikipedia page tells us: In modern Japanese, rendaku ...
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鋼 pronunciation

I know that one of the kanji for Steel is 鋼 and one of the pronunciation is はがね (hagane). But in some mangas I read this kanji with the pronunciation がね (gane) without the は; like 黒鋼 (くろがね/Kurogane). ...
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Why does "Rendaku" not apply in 少々 お待ちください?

I'm thrilled to finally read about Rendaku (連濁) in my learning journey of Japanese, and to realise that ときどき is a simple example of this phenomenon!! However, "少々" in 少々 お待ちください still remains as "...
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Do words differing only in the voicedness of consonants act as functionally homophonous?

In Japanese, there are some sound differences that clearly distinguish words from one another, such as falling on a different 行 or 段 on the 五十音 ([傘]{かさ} vs. [風]{かぜ} or [友]{とも} vs その); while other ...
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How do I read 係?

I came across these sentences in the same manga. [1] よつばはこびがかりな! [2] しんぶんとってくるかかりか? [3] よつばちゃん新聞係? I'm guessing it's 係 "person in charge" in these sentences. Is it がかり whenever it is a verb stem /...
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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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What is the difference between 言いだし and 言いだす?

I found a sentence earlier containing the word 言いだしづら but I parsed it to 2 words and I found I did not know 言いだし so I looked it up and found 言いだす (which I know the meaning of), but I also found ...
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Complicated/complex/difficult: How different are 複雑 (fukuzatsu) and 大変 (taihen)?

In the anime adaptation of the manga The Quintessential Quintuplets, as well as the corresponding manga, there are these 2 scenes: Scene 1: (S01E04) Miku Nakano (a member of identical and the ...
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When is 酒 pronounced sake and when is it pronuounced saka? And why? [duplicate]

Saka as in 酒場{さかば} or zaka as in 居酒屋{いざかや} Sake as in 酒{さけ}
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How do you pronounce 電報船? Is is でんぽうふね、でんぽうぶね or でんぽうせん?

I recently started to read 'Made in Abyss' and unfortunately is doesn't contain any furigana, which sometimes makes it hard for me to understand. So I came across the word 電報船, which refers to a mail ...
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連濁 in proper nouns

There was already this answer regarding the basic rules of rendaku. However, it seems that these rules do not apply at all to proper nouns, especially toponyms. Examples include 秋葉原{あきはばら} (no rendaku)...
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