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中【ちゅう】? 中【じゅう】? 中【ぢゅう】? 中【なか】?

まだ薄暗【うすぐら】い中【?】、子【こ】どもたちが集【あつ】まってきた It was still dimly lit, but the children had gathered. https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/279297 Here (https://japanese.stackexchange.com/a/41086/31150) it says... Since ...
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Is it 散歩中【さんぽちゅう】には or 散歩中【さんぽなか】には?

雨【あめ】が降【ふ】ったり、途中【とちゅう】でけがをする子【こ】がいたり、途中【とちゅう】でけんかが始【はじ】まったり……散歩中【さんぽちゅう】には、さまざまなアクシデントが起【お】こりえます It may rain, a child may get injured on the way, or a fight may break out on the way. ...... Various ...
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Pronunciation of 世論

It seems that 世論 can be pronounced as both よろん and せろん. Are the meanings identical? Is one pronunciation more common than the other?
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Help with monomorphic, polyphonic verbs

OK, I kind of invented that term. But I'm referring to verbs that have identical kanji and okurigana; have nearly identical meanings; but have different readings. I'm sure there are many others out ...
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方【ほう】 or 方【かた】?

方【ほう】 or 方【かた】? In this post Is 方 read かた or ほう here? I read that 方【ほう】 means "direction" and 方【かた】 means "a person/way of doing something." What about in this sentence? だけど、血【ち】...
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Can 数々 be read as【しばしば】?

Can 数々 be either 【かずかず】or 【しばしば】? The websites j-talk.com and jisho.org both analyze the reading of the following sentence similarly: パンデミック発生後【はっせいご】、ニューヨーク市内【しない】でもアジア人【じん】に対【たい】するヘイトクライムが数々【かずかず】報告【...
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Why is the kanji for haru (陽) pronounced as "yo"?

So I was looking up the word Haru and I saw there are many different ways it can be written in kanji (陽, 春, 晴). When I then looked up the first one to see how it is pronounced, multiple websites (one ...
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How to Pronounce a Kanji When Just Reading it by Itself

I'll elaborate the title with a scenario. If I was, say, in a scenario where I was talking about my favorite kanji, and said "Oh, my favorite kanji is 悪" how do I pronounce 悪 in that ...
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How do you tell the difference between 決行 and 欠航?

So apparently 決行-けっこう (to carry out) and 欠航-けっこう (cancelled) are pronounced the same way? Or does one of them have a different pitch accent pattern? At least Google translate pronounced them the same. ...
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How do I read this sentence? 「そこにいるのは、すでに死んだ先人達。」

The last part of the sentence is throwing me off because I'm not sure whether or not "死んだ先人達" should be read as "しんださきひとたち" or "しんだせんじんたち." Could it depend on context? ...
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When is 事業 read as じぎょう and when as ことわざ

I came across the following sentence from the Dictionary of Japanese Grammar series: X氏は、一方で慈善事業をやりながら、他方でかなりあくどい商売をしているという噂だ。 I think 慈善事業 should be read as じぜんじぎょう. But as I look up the dictionary ...
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Readings for 安 as しずか (Surname)

Is it possible to read 安 as しずか shizuka? Kanshudo.com has this pronunciation as an additional reading for a surname: https://www.kanshudo.com/name/%E5%AE%89 I wanted to do some research before asking ...
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頭【かぶり】を振る and 頭【かしら】を横に振る, why the change in pronunciation?

As the title suggests, why is there a change in pronunciation between 頭【かぶり】を振る and 頭【かしら】を横に振る? As far as I can see, there is no difference between the meanings of the two—デジタル大辞泉 even lists the ...
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Which reading of その他 is more common? [duplicate]

What is the actual common reading of その他? Is it そのほか or そのた? Are there differences in social or grammatical context, or a nuance in the actual meaning? スーパー大辞林 doesn’t list その他 as a word. There is an ...
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What is the origin of 場所?

The kanji compound 場所 is bugging me. For the longest time, I did not know how to pronounce it, oscillating between ばどころ and じょうしょ. The correct pronunciation, however, is ばしょ. This is weird to me, ...
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一日二日 pronunciation

I was trying to determine the pitch accent for the phrase 一日二日 when it means "for a day or two" and realised I might not even have the right reading. I thought it would be いちにちににち, but then ...
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平日 - What's the difference between the two readings へいじつ and ひらび?

平日 can be read へいじつ or ひらび. What's the difference between the two readings? Is one more formal than the other? The basic meaning seems to be "Weekday" (ie Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, ...
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Identifying the correct reading for multiple Kanji

I've just started my "Kanji learning" and I'm a bit confused. I understand that almost all Kanji can be read differently depending if its followed by another Kanji or Hiragana. But how do I ...
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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 ...
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Words with varied 音読み{おんよみ}

In watching this YouTube video, the last slide displays the following information, which provides examples of words that bear 呉音{ごおん}、漢音{かんおん}、and 唐宋音{とうそうおん} types of 音読み{おんよみ}. I was interested in ...
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Does the meaning of the Kanji change based on its reading

Most Kanji have multiple readings. For example 人 has got the readings: ひと ジン ニン Does the meaning change when the Kanji is read differently. I don't think that the meaning of this Kanji changes based ...
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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 that ...
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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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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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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 pronunciations like for 乾?

While doing introductionary courses of Japanese, I stumble on a fact that affrights 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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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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