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How do I remember a Kanji with more than two readings and when to use them [duplicate]

I'm currently studying Kanji using a flashcard app on my computer. I do know that there are two readings for each character, On and Kun. What I don't understand, is when a Kanji has more than two ...
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What is the reading of 弓形?

The word 弓形 has three different readings which are きゅうけい, ゆみがた, and ゆみなり. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be much distinction between these three readings. Is this simply a case wherein all ...
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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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Reading of 大: だい or たい?

The おお reading is out of the scope of this question - it might be involved in the answer though I'm learning some vocabulary, and noticed that 大 was sometimes read だい, sometimes たい. The instance ...
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Can 々 stand for a duplicated kanji with a different reading?

The title may not be so clear, here is what I mean: 々 is used to avoid repeating a kanji. In some cases, the two may not be pronounced the same because the first consonant of the second kanji is ...
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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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Multiple Kun Reading

According to a dictionary website that I use, the character 終 has multiple kun readings. Is there any reason for this? Are there other kanji characters that have a similar case? Do their definitions ...
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Reading of 摘み in this sentence

ぱっと出て、薬草を摘み、すぐに戻ってくればいい。 Is 摘み read here as つみ or つまみ?
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Do you read the 一片 in「一片の雲」as ひとひら or いっぺん?

I found the sentence "A cloud was sailing in the sky" here : 空に一片の雲が浮かんでいた。 How is it pronounced? そら に ひとひら の くも が うかんで いた。 そら に いっぺん の くも が うかんで いた。 I do not know whether in Japanese a cloud is ...
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Would Painful Death Place be an appropriate translation for 痛死名地

So, I am writing a story where the MC, while native born in Japan, has a foreign mother and surname, which is Tusinachi. I understand that typically this would make his surname in Katakana, but I ...
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Difference of reading between [易]{やさ}しい and -[易]{やす}い

[易]{やさ}しい and -[易]{やす}い use the same kanji for essentially the same meaning. Why is the reading different? Is this just chance or this is due (historically) to grammar (ありがとうございます comes from ありがたい for ...
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How does the particle を relate to the verb 行く in the structure「A を + B に行く」?

I came across this sentence in my japanese practicing material (the point is I didn't make up the sentence so I assume it's correct or at least commonly used) 日本についてのアンケートを中国人100人に行った。 and It doesn'...
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How should I read 花弁?

How should I read 花弁? I came across it in this sentence from ねじまき鳥と火曜日の女たち by 村上春樹. テーブルの上には紫色の木蓮の花弁が雨に打たれてはりついていた 大辞泉 has these two entries, which leads me to believe 花弁 is more officially ...
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Is 年月 (months and years) read 【としつき】or【ねんげつ】and is there a difference?

Is 年月 (months and years) read 【としつき】or【ねんげつ】? Is there a difference? I found it in the following sentence in WWWJDIC: 年月が過ぎるのは早い。
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Transitive-intransitive pairs with different readings

Transitive-intransitive pairs are common in Japanese. But in general the reading of the kanji is the same. I know of two exceptions: 出す{だす}-出る{でる} and 入れる{いれる}-入る{はいる}. Are there more?
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Reading of 間(そのあいだ vs そのかん)? [duplicate]

Others have asked about the reading of 間 in other questions, without any clear and obvious answer that I can see; does it not matter, then, whether one says そのあいだ or そのかん in the following? ...
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How to pronounce 面?

For example in the phrase "物の面", how would you commonly pronounce 面? I see three possibilities: めん、つら、おも. Which one (or ones) are commonly used? Example sentence: "人の手の指先の内側にある、多くの細い線からできている模様。また、...
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Pronunciation of 年

The general rule to choose between kun (とし) and on (ネン) readings does not seem to work here. Are 今年, 去年, 来年, 毎年, 半年, etc. different kinds of compounds justifying using different readings? Is this the ...
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o'clock kanji pronunciation 時

Is 時 read as "toki" or "ji"? Duolingo and Google Translate don't seem to be in agreement.
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1日 reading, yet again

I was puzzled by this use of "1日," which I had not encountered yet (from tangorin.com): 私たちはたいてい1日の主な食事を晩にとります。 We usually have our main meal of the day in the evening. ...
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Is it common for Kanjis to have several pronounciation like for 乾?

While doing introductionary courses of Japanese, I stumble on a fact that afrights me about the difficulty of the language. When congratulating each other around a drink: 乾杯 the Kanji 乾 is ...
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How to read 死神界?

In this manga I'm reading, the word 死神界 appears. I would have read it has しにがみかい but there was furigana indicating the reading to be ここ. If there was no furigana, how could I know the correct way to ...
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中(なか) vs 中(ちゅう) [closed]

Some of you already gave good answers to the question in the title a while back, but I found some computer-generated pronunciations that confuse me. Are the following sentences' readings correct? ...
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What was the process by which 有職読み applied to personal names?

In premodern Japanese, it was traditional for a prestigious or extremely honorable man whose name was read with kun'yomi to have the reading of his personal name changed to on'yomi in certain ...
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Why does Duolingo say that 中 is pronounced “naka” but spelled ちゅう?

I am currently doing the beta course for Japaneses on duolingo. In one of the lessons, I was confronted with this question which I kept getting wrong: When I play the sound, the voice clearly says "...
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How to know the suitable reading of その間 in a given sentence?

Sometimes the reading is そのかん as in 「その間【かん】に彼は居なくなっていました」 "He disappeared in the meantime." and sometimes the reading is そのあいだ as in 「母は忙しそうに料理をしていた。その間【あいだ】私はテレビを見ていた」 "Mother was ...
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Could someone clarify the meaning of these sentences?

I'm having some problems with a few pieces of a script I'm reading. These are the following phrases: "こうであってほしいっていう願望は別でもいいでしょう?" : context for this one is that someone was asked what they thought ...
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Is kunyomi and onyomi REALLY necessary? [duplicate]

I learn new words really easily, and I recognize words with kanji easily, but I can't seem to memorize 4 kanji 'on and kun readings' without forgetting the 1st once I learn the 5th. This is coming ...
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一 (one) kanji onyomi pronunciations

The 一 (one) kanji has two onyomi pronunciations: ICHI and ITSU. When do you use them?
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Do we really need to remember the kunyomi and onyomi reading of each kanji?

I am learning how to write kanji using the obenkyo app. I am trying to remember the strokes of each kanji and how to read them (onyomi & kunyomi). But do I really need to remember the onyomi &...
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How should I read 早々? As そうそう or はやばや?

How do you read 早々 in these sentences? I learned there are two readings: そうそう、and はやばや。 How do they differ, if at all? 早々にごへんじいただきありがとうございます。 Thank you for your prompt reply. 新年早々、...
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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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When is the “しりつ” reading of “市立” used?

In various dictionaries, the word "市立" has "しりつ" listed as the main reading. However, they then go on to list the reading "いちりつ", with a note saying "when spoken to avoid confusion with 私立【しりつ】". This ...
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人 - on'yomi ニン or ジン rule of thumb

I sometimes have trouble figuring out what on'yomi 人 has in unfamiliar jukugo, and was wondering whether there was any kind of rule-of-thumb for figuring it out, assuming it is the only character ...
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What is more common pronunciation for 本文?

What is more common pronunciation for 本文: ほんぶん or ほんもん? Is it geographically specific?
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How are made up words for anime/manga formed (reading and kanji)?

EDIT: Eiríkr Útlendi has answered my question mostly in regards to readings. What remains is how kanji are chosen for their meanings and why certain words are selected over others e.g. 実 versus 果実. ...
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How do attendance checklists in Japan deal with multiple possible name readings?

Even though there are several recurring, easily guessable family name readings ([田中]{たなか}、佐藤{さとう}、田村{たむら}) in Japanese, there are usually many possible readings to people's names Kanji, especially ...
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can the same compound have different readings when having the same meaning?

I know that kanjis can have many readings. But I thought compounds (combinations) had only one meaning. For what I've read in the board, a compound can have different readings for different meanings. ...
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Both on'yomi and kun'yomi in a first name?

I know that some Japanese words made of two kanjis can contain both on'yomi and kun'yomi, however, is that was also true for someone's first name? For example, I have seen the name 雪花 or 雪華 read as 「...
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Mainen or Maitoshi used for every year?

I see Mainen and Maitoshi used for every year? Is there any difference and why would one be used over another?
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Kanji that don't use their specified readings

Hello I'm trying to understand something about kanji readings. As far as I understand each Kanji character has multiple readings and each of these readings can be used alone or in conjunction with ...
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pronunciation of 一昨年

My dictionary lists both いっさくねん and おととし as readings of 一昨年. Which of these are commonly used? Is there any difference between these two readings?
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Is 預けがね a possible reading of 預け金? 預けがね vs 預けきん meanings?

Here is the exact line from a translation that I am reading: 瓶を店に返して預け金の5セントを戻してもらいました。 I just read it as あずけがね and continued on. Then, I decided to double check the meaning in my dictionary. But ...
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Most common/appropriate reading of 執行

Recently I stumbled upon this passage: [...] 最高執行責任者は変化の兆しを語る. The dictionary reports four readings for 執行: しぎょう、しっこう、しゅうぎょう、 and しゅぎょう。 Moving on with the reading I also found the word 執行役員 that ...
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In what context do you pronounce 行く as ゆく? [duplicate]

I am not entirely sure in what context you pronounce 行く as ゆく. I've read that it is pronounced as ゆく in more formal situations and in songs. For example, in the song lyric 闇へと進み行く it is pronounced as ...
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Pronunciation of 緑町

I'm reading the Japanese Graded Readers from White Rabbit Press. One of them takes place in a town called 緑町, which is glossed (in furigana) as みどりまち. However, I looked this town up, and both the ...
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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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Why are there multiple katakana readings for a single kanji?

When I look at a kanji word I see one, or multiple Hiragana pronunciations (or should I call it translation?) - sometimes the pronunciations are for different kanjis, but that's not the question. I'...
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Apparently unrelated 音読み?

For most 漢字 with multiple 音読み, there appears to be a fairly reasonable link between the sounds, and fairly minor drift, such as with 聞 being モン or ブン. Some 漢字, however, appear to have completely ...
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Why are there two readings of 留める?

It seems like 留める can be read as either とめる or とどめる. JED, my Android dictionary app, cites とどめる, and so does wiktionary. But wiktionary's kanji entry for 留, it lists とめる, とどまる, and とまる as kun readings,...