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Questions tagged [onyomi]

音読み. A Sino-Japanese reading of kanji. Usually divided into 呉音 "Wu sound", 漢音 "Han sound", 唐音 "Tang sound", and 慣用音; the first three for readings imported from the corresponding Chinese dynasties, the last for exceptional readings.

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How to pronounce noun compounds

How do I determine the pronounication of compound nouns such as 来年夏. Obviously 来年の夏 is pronounced らいねんのなつ but what happens when I remove the の? Does it just become らいねんなつ? My guess from everything I'...
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Which onyomi would be used for a Chinese name? [duplicate]

Let us pick a Chinese name with differently read kanji: 李清雲 The possible onyomi are: リ・ショウドン for Go’on リ・セイタン for Kan’on リ・シン(or チン)タン for Tousou’on Now we open the Japanese Wikipedia to learn ...
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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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In “盛りなる御代”, how do you read “盛”

"盛りなる御代..." It's from Genjimonogatari. My two cadidates are either もる ·さかる, so "mori-naru" ro "sakari-naru". I can tell the meaning of the word, but I'm not sure which way I should read in this ...
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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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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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Why 東南西北 is read トンナンシャーペー in this lyrics?

I expected to read this word as とうなんせいほく but the furigana indicates another reading. I did some search but I only found information about this band: The東南西北
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Why do onyomis have so many extra syllables?

Onyomis are pronounciations that originate from Chinese. In Chinese, the pronounciation of a character contains exactly one consonant. However, a lot of onyomis have 2 consonants. For example [特別]{...
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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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売買の買とbuyの関係はあります?

買 in 売買{ばいばい} is pronounced ばい. The word "to buy", which is the translation of 買う, sounds the same. Is there some sort of connection?! 親父ギャグだけなのか…?
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To think kanji: 思う (おもう): シ (shi) versus (shitau)

Regarding the on'yomi shi (シ), of the character 思 from the word 思う, why does Google Translate list the pronunciation of this word/kanji as shitau instead of shi (with shitau missing from the ...
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Why were Chinese readings imported along with kanji?

I have been studying Japanese for a little more than a year now,and I've been learning kanji for a few months. I understand the basics about readings, but I don't really get the historic reason of ...
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Did I determine the pronunciation of 人口 correctly?

On a Kanji exercise, I was told to find how 人口 is read. Because the kanji are a word, I used the on-yomi of both and I answered "にんこう". Is that correct?
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Using 音読み to write foreign names

I'm wondering if it's possible or acceptable for foreigners to use 漢字 to write their names that would usually be written in カタカナ. I know that some names are already Japanese names such as Ben【勉】, Mary【...
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In compound words what is it called when two Ks assimilate into a っ?

Eg. 厄介、欲求、直径、即興、却下、借金、引っ越す、北海道、積極、薬局 Wouldn't っ normally require the first onyomi to have a tsu ending? Why doesn't it happen in certain words like 加湿器?
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Pattern in onyomi for middle Chinese -p and -ng finals

I've been thinking recently about patterns between onyomi and their respective Chinese counterparts (as presumably existed in middle Chinese and are now reflected across modern Chinese dialects). ...
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音読み for 箱 - word examples

I've seen that 箱 could be read as ソウ, but when I look in the dictionaries I use most of the time, I can only find words with はこ (Or ばこ)reading (then you realize that Japanese have boxes for everything ...
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How many unique on'yomi are there?

This question is of interest to me because of my own difficulty with remembering on'yomi, as there are fewer possible on'yomi than kun'yomi. So there must be a finite number of valid on'yomi ...
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Is there any reference material for the origins of kanji on-yomi? [closed]

I wanted to know if there is any reference source or authoritative material about kanji pronunciations and when they were first imported into Japanese? Any book or electronic source, English or ...