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読み. The reading of a kanji character or a word written in kanji characters refers to how it is “read” in terms of kana characters. Please use this tag rather than 'pronunciation' if it fits your question.

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Why is this やって来た read やってくた? [closed]

Seen in the manga きみとピコピコ (第17話) 夏合宿と称して 旅館{りょかん}にやって来{く}た Why does やって来た have reading やってくた? Is this a typo or the reading くた actually exists?
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Why are okurigana listed in くん pronunciation?

I'm self-learning Japanese from a book and I recently started learning some kanji. For each one, the book gives both reading and some words you can make using those kanji. Some of these have okurigana ...
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「年なんだから無理」How does one parse this colloquial sentence?

This article https://mainichi.jp/articles/20210920/k00/00m/040/036000c contains the quote 「年なんだから無理」 which I understand to mean "The difficulties presented by your age are why it is impossible&...
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What is the reading of 開店時?

This article https://mainichi.jp/articles/20210920/k00/00m/040/036000c contains the sentence 開店時は82歳だった林さんが、慣れた手つきで団子を焼いている Hayashi san, who was 82 years old when she opened the store, makes dumplings ...
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Kanjis read differently [duplicate]

I've been studying the song DAN DAN 心魅かれてく from Dragon Ball GT, and I learned that some kanjis are read differently in this song. For example, 景色 (keshiki -> scenario) is read as 場所 (basho -> ...
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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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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 is the name of the whisky "TOKI" written as 季?

Suntory has a whisky named TOKI in their portfolio. It took me a bit to find that the kanji used for this is actually 季 and has the On-Yomi き, but can be pronounced in names as すえ or とし. Another fact ...
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Is1人 always ひとり? [duplicate]

This sentence appeared in Mainichi the other day: [1人]【ひとり】のために[10人]【じゅうにん】の未来【みらい】をつぶしていいんですか Is it okay to destroy the future of ten people for the sake of one person? Is the reading of 1人 in this ...
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The reading of 灯

Recently I have discovered that there are so many 訓読み for 灯, and all of them seem to carry similar meanings, surrounding the core concept of "light." Can someone explain to me the ...
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Reading smileys [closed]

There are known English readings of smileys. For example: :-) is read as simply "smiley" according to Siri. Sometimes Siri also calls it "colon hyphen close parenthesis". But what ...
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Could someone explain this katakana reading of <光る葉っぱ> from 鹿の王?

In the first page of the novel Shika no Ou by Uehashi Nahoko, this proper noun/kanji is used with some unusual furigana: <光る葉っぱ> read as ピカ・パル. Since it's a fantasy novel and I know that the ...
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Do all Japanese words that can be written with kanji have two ways of pronouncing them?

Since there are On and Kun readings for kanji, does it mean that every word that can be written with kanji has two ways of pronouncing it?
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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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どき vs じ when using 〜時 as suffix

I'm trying to figure out exactly when to read 時 as 〜どき or 〜じ, when used as a suffix, as in for example 空腹時, 食事時, as well as this sentence from a game I'm playing: タウンメンバーの加入時に最大HP+20% 大辞林 defines とき(...
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様 being read as よう and さま to describe apperance

What is the difference between 様(さま)様(よう)in the case of describing the apperance of something? When is one prefered over the other? Normally this isn't an issue as よう tends to be written in kana but ...
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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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Why is 江風 being translated to Kawakaze even though there's no Kawa in the kanji?

I am studying Japanese and I am also a bit of an Azur Lane fan (a gacha game). One of my favorite characters is called Kawakaze, based on the real-life IJN Kawakaze (a Shiratsuyu-class destroyer). The ...
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Irregular Kanji Readings

Question about all the irregular readings of kanji that seem to pop up plentiful in kanji dictionaries. Take for example the kanji 丞. According to the entry on kanji.jitenon, this kanji has following ...
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Why are there so many three kana kunyomi verbs beginning with あ?

謝る、扱う、現れる、表す、諦める、争う、改める、… Why are there so many verbs beginning with あ and with three kana kunyomi? Is there some etymological reason for this? I can't imagine this is completely incidental, though ...
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What means お before person's name and how to read kanji after お? [duplicate]

I'm reading Kidou Okamoto's Japanese novel right now. It was written in 1950 and its title is "半七捕物帳 01 お文の魂". I noticed that in this novel there are lots of female names that starts with お. ...
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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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十二支の訓読みと十二生肖について

I browsed Wikipedia and found that the kunyomi of the earthly branches and those of the corresponding animal zodiac look alike. Still there are some difference, e.g., 子(ね rather than ねずみ) and 巳 (み ...
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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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how to read the symbol ~ [duplicate]

I found this sentence: 密漁グループは20~40代の男12人 The sealife poaching group consisted of 12 men in their 20s to 40s. https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASP2M53N1P2MIIPE012.html?iref=comtop_7_07 Since I can read ...
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How to read 他 in this sentence?

In Instagram, there is a activity notification that is aさん、bさん、他2人があなたをフォローし始めた。 Is 他 read as "ほか" or is there another way to read?
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Rendaku in 一本気 but not in 本気

As I'm encountering more words with rendaku, I thought I started to understand it, but I came across an example that does not make sense to me. Why is 気 voiced き in 元気 and 本気, but is voiced ぎ in 一本気 ? ...
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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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Why 梱入 does not appear in any dictionary?

On a parcel that came from Japan, there is this sentence: お客様のご注文の品が梱入されております。 The meaning is clear: “There are customer’s goods in the package.” What puzzles me though is, why I could’t find the ...
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議論する場としてreading of 場

In the phrase 議論する場として (from this Wiki page) which is the correct reading of 場? じょう or ば?
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Can I pronounce 十三日 as じゅうみっか?

I wonder if both prounciations of 十三日 are accepted? じゅうさんにち じゅうみっか The reasons I am asking are these: Windows IME seems to accept it 十四日 is pronouncecd as じゅうよっか, matching the pronunciation of 四日, ...
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Where does the irregular reading of 迷子 come from?

迷子 is read as まいご, despite the on-reading of 迷 being めい (for example in 迷惑(めいわく) ). Why is that the case? I would assume that this is not a case of jukujikun. What I do find interesting is that the ...
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Choukai discussing a business trip

I am practicing my choukai using this link. In the passage 6 of mondai 1 My understanding after reading the whole passage is that the lady is supposed to plan a trip. However, I did not understand the ...
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Is it correct to split the reading あした of 明日 as 明(あ)日(した)?

As far as I understand 明日(あした) is jukujikun (also called semantic ateji), so, as with for example 今日, I would expect for the "reading" to be considered over the whole word, instead of being ...
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ふじさん vs ふじやま what is "Vocabulary Reading"?

I'm using wanikani, and I'm confused by this question I keep getting wrong. The app is showing me ふじ山 and asking for "Vocabulary Reading". At this point I always type ふじやま but the correct ...
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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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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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たいまつ , why is it in this order: 松明?

So torch is たいまつ, and is written in kanji as 松明. Matsu, however, means pine, which is the first kanji, not the second. Are there many words like this in Japanese that seem "out of order"? Is ...
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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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Are there other compounds with 分 where it is read as いた as in 大分県?

Not sure if 分 is ita or ta in 大分県, but anyway, kind of hard to find anything in the dictionary so if anyone knows a compound with that reading off the top of their head it would be appreciated!
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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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How to read Japanese school grades?

I want to know how to read Japanese school grades, like 「小1」「中3」, etc. Would be very thankful if both pronunciation and accent could be provided.
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What is the reading of 四十ヵ国

Would it be よんじゅうかこくor start with しじゅう? If anyone cares, the sentence was 俺は全世界四十ヵ国に支店を持つ、大企業の社長だった。 I was the president of a large corporation with branches in forty countries around the world. It ...
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When is 笛 read as もにか?

I read that 笛 can be interpreted as もにか, I was wondering if that's only used for names and if that reading is common/would be understood? Or is it more of a "kirakira" name? Thank you for ...
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How do you read these two Japanese documents on Wikisource given the formatting?

The two documents are: 万葉集 古今和歌集/巻一 I am not a reader of Japanese yet, I am more gathering some literature I can use for learning. But these have some strange formatting not being familiar with the ...
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Non-universal counters and reading 7 and 9

Q1. Why are these counters like 人(にん), 日(にち) and 歳(さい) not universal? 人(にん) is impossible to be joined with 1(いち) or 2(に)? 日(にち) is impossible to be joined with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 20 or ...
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Why is 寺 read differently in 長谷寺 and 平林寺?

Both are proper nouns of temples; 長谷寺 is read as はせでら while 平林寺 is read as へいりんじ. Is there any kind of rule to follow in order to know how to read the word? Or is the reading arbitrary because both ...
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Different ways of saying "good night" in Japanese [closed]

I know that おやすみなさい means "good night" in Japanese and it can be shortened to おやすみ. What is the difference between the two? In English there are other phrases such as "sweet dreams"...
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二百十日 is read as にひゃくとおか. What about 百十日 or 三百十日? [duplicate]

十日 is read as とおか and 二十日 is read as はつか. 二百十日 is read as にひゃくとおか (not にひゃくじゅうにち) and 二百二十日 is read as にひゃくはつか. 三十日 is read as さんじゅうにち or みそか, 四十日 is read as しじゅうにち or よそか, 五十日 (50 days/50th day) is ...
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Do you think it's a good practice to learn writing hiragana using Gothic fonts? [duplicate]

When I was searching for a mobile app that lets you practice writing hiragana, I noticed that a lot of them uses the Gothic font, meaning that さ will be written as 2 strokes and not 3. The most common ...

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