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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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Reading per kanji / irregular readings

My question essentially boils down to the following: Is it always possible to assign a (regular / irregular) reading to a single kanji within some word? It is related to this post: Kanji that don'...
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Pronunciation of 上下

上下 has lots of potential pronunciations: じょうげ うえした しょうか かみしも Are there any guidelines on how to know which readings to use? I'm particularly interested in this sentence: 顔が上下に割れるかと思ったほど大きくにっこりして、....
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How are Japanese names romanized in localization?

I've read that that romanizing Japanese names can be particularly difficult, due to the fact that the kanji that make them up have multiple pronunciations, or even a completely random one. However, ...
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Which reading/meaning of 入り込む is more common?

The word 入り込む has two possible readings いり込む and はいり込む. What exactly is the more common reading and the difference of the two? Based on my research online, it seems that はいり込む is more frequently used ...
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Is the reading 腹【なか】 neither an on-yomi nor a kun-yomi?

currently trying hard to refresh my Kanji skills and stumbled over お腹 == おなか To my surprise none of the Kanji dictionaries list the reading なか for this Kanji. Only フク and はら. Is there a third ...
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Determine the correct reading of a word made up from kanjis

Supposed I know some kanjis and their reading, and come across a word I don't know yet that's made up from these kanjis, how do I determine the correct reading? Example: 大好き - daisuki 大きい - ookii ...
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Has anyone come across the word 畸端?

I've started reading my first Japanese book and the word 畸端検査官 keeps popping up. I know 検査官 means inspector, but I can't find a reference anywhere to 畸端. Can anyone help?
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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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Why are 湖 and 山 in geographical names typically read in On-reading but 川 in Kun-reading?

This question is based on my somewhat limited understanding and observation of places I have been to so I may be falling victim to a bad sample size. If that is the case, please alert me. In the ...
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Help identifying a Kanji character from image

I've been struggling to identify this Kanji for 30 minutes now. Tried looking up radicals, stroke order, etc. but can't figure it out. More context:
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Meaning of 離れている間 and how do I read it, please?

I'm reading a japanese manga and the boy didn't want to get away from his senpai, he told senpai that and senpai thought was having a monologue "離れている間". Thankyou for taking your time reading this.
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What is the correct reading of 心底?

The word 心底 has 2 readings which are しんそこ and しんてい. Both seem to be interchangeable with one another. Searching online has this page popping up. https://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/...
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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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How many Joyo (and perhaps Jinmeiyo) Kanji have only one onyomi?

I feel this is really beneficial to have a list for in my studies. The reason is if I see an unknown word that I'm reasonably sure has onyomi readings, if the kanji in question have only one possible ...
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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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Is there a specific reading for 常訓 and 常音?

Is there a specific reading for 常訓 and 常音? I see this in an electronic dictionary to indicate on'yomi and kun'yomi reading of kanjis. What I struggle to find is the meaning of the combination of both ...
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Question about how to read 如何

Taking this sentence as an example: 納入した学費は、理由の如何{を問わず/に関わらず}返却しません。 I always have a hard time knowing how to read 如何; いか, いかが, even どう or いかん sometimes.. I've checked if the question was ...
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What does “水着勿体ないんでよかったら今度のお休み” mean here?

水着勿体ないんでよかったら今度のお休み Context: this girl sent this guy a picture of her in her swimsuit while she lay in bed because she just bought it and thought it was cute and just found out that her vacation ...
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How to pronounce 伝統色

I have a book called 日本の伝統色 and I'm confused if 色 should be pronounced as いろ or しょく. Someone said to me that the correct way to say it is いろ to avoid confusion with 食, but Wikipedia says it is しょく。
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六道 is it rikudou or rokudou

I'm not sure whether to read 六道 rikudou or rokudou.
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Are there kun'yomi ateji?

In a Linguistics SE question on loanwords from Japanese into Chinese, it was said that the Chinese import the kanji and use their own reading thereof. So words in kun'yomi are unrecognizable in speech....
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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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Difference in reading 下に: When to use しも.に or した.に [duplicate]

As I observed, 下に can be read in two ways: しも.に and した.に. As far as I know, した.に can be used to indicate objects spacial arrangement. How about しも.に? Dictionary says that it also means down; below; ...
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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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Identical on and kun readings

死 is read either し or シ. What would be the difference compared to there being only one reading?
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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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How to write こたえ: 答え or 答?

In the microsoft IME keyboard, and my cellphone's as well, when I write こたえ it is suggested 答え. However, in the Genki I textbook, I've seen it written as 答{こたえ} Are both of these valid? If so, ...
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Are there differences in meaning or formality in the various readings of 家中?

In this example sentence, [時計]{とけい}がないので[家中]{かちゅう}を捜{さが}した。 I searched all over the house for the missing watch. Jim Breen's WWWJDIC (and Jisho, and tangorin.com) list 家中 【うちじゅう; かちゅう(家中); いえじゅう】 ...
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How to Read 醤玉子?

I know that 玉子 is read "tamago". I also know that 醤油 is read "shouyu". I can imagine that 醤玉子 refers to the boiled egg that is submerged in soy sauce. How do you read it though? I assume it's read ...
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Can I use English in place of katakana?

A habit that I have is replacing certain words with how I'd say them in English. For instance I'd write something like this: 私はイングランド人。 私はイーストアングリアに住んでいます, but say something like this: 私はEngland人。 ...
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後に【あとに】or【のちに】?

In the sentence その事は又後に相談しましょう。 I was wondering whether it is 【あとに】or【のちに】, that is to say... その こと は また のちに そうだん しましょう。 or perhaps その こと は また あとに そうだん しましょう。 We will talk about it another time. ...
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How should I read 身体? [duplicate]

I learned from manga to read 身体 as からだ. But I just learned it can also be read as しんたい. How should I read it, is one of the readings more common? Are there context clues?
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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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Kanji of そそっかしい

I am wondering about the way to write そそっかしい in kanji, and if this is possible. I've found that the な-adjective 粗忽{そこつ}, a word with very similar if not identical meaning, can in less common cases be ...
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Statistics of on-yomi phonemes/syllables

On-yomi of kanji feel a bit like they all sound alike. For instance, vowels /o/ and /u/ are over-represented. Are there statistics of phoneme counts or syllable counts for on-yomi compared to kun-yomi?...
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I can't identify this kanji ( kanji 当ても)

I've decided to read manga in japanese again, I left it for a couple of years so now I'm out of practice and in need of help. It must be a really simple one but still I want to understand without ...
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How do we spell this word in japanese? [closed]

I've just began learning Japanese & I saw this word in a web series. I tried to read it but I'm not really sure how to spell it. I'm finding the one left of 王 especially difficult. Can someone ...
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What reading rules should I apply to the 分 kanji when talking about temperature? [duplicate]

Will it be always ぶ, or does it change just like the counter of minutes? Could you give me examples where the reading changes (either of numerals or both kanji and numerals)?
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How do I read 殺す者?

From a light novel I currently read [小鬼を殺す者]. Is it 'ころすもの' or 'ころすしゃ' and how do I know what to take...for future usage.^^ Thank You in Advance
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Do native speakers pronounce long vowels えい or おう as one long vowel, or two different vowels?

In Japanese, long vowels ā, ī, ū are written as ああ (aa), いい (ii), うう (uu). However, ē and ō, in most cases, written as えい (ei) and おう (ou), but in other cases as ええ (ee) and おお (oo). For example: 先生{...
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Questions on an 1840's text: Battle at Yamaki Palace 治承四年八月中句右兵衞佐頼朝公

I am a bit lost understanding and translating elements of this text from the 1840s, even after persevering for a couple of days. Two versions (with reasonable detail when viewed at actual scale). My ...
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What is the correct reading of 血泡?

As stated in the title - what is the correct reading of 血泡? I couldn't find a definitive answer (Jisho does not know this word at all, Google Translate thinks it should be kehhou, which seems unlikely)...
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How did the on-readings with -チ appear?

This is what I know. 1) Unlike, say, -p, the final -t of Chinese readings was maintained in careful speech at least as long as the Christian resources of the XVIth century (Frellesvig 2010: 316-7). ...
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Why is 歪形 read as いがみなり?

I saw the word 歪形 written in a food blog and was surprised to learn that the reading is いがみなり (Weblio Definition). If this were a standard case of jukujikun, I think it would be read differently. And ...
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Why is 雌 also read as メン?

I noticed the rare reading of メン contained in the word 雌鳥{めんどり} and I wondered how this unusual reading could have come about. I am not aware of any other words which use this reading for 雌. Is it ...
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What does 中3の25% exactly mean?

I am not sure about the first part of 「中3の25%、短文も理解困難」  Do you read 中 as ちゅう here? 25% of 3 would be 0.75% if I am not mistaken. Therefore does it mean something like 「around 0.75% of the ...
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What are the common practice of reading names of modern Chinese people?

From what I've seen from the Japanese Wikipedia, names of communist figures (Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Xi Jinping) seem to be read with on'yomi (Mou Takutou, Tou Shouhei, Shuu Kinpei). On the other ...
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Reading of 管 as in “かん” vs “くだ” and its meaning regarding those two readings

こんにちは。 After reading jisho, here's some of the information that I found: 管 (kun: くだ on: カン) Interestingly, if you search the details, jisho lists 管 read as 【カン】 and 【かん】, even though the ...
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Iki versus Yuki meaning “bound for”

Can we read ー行き as "iki" talking about trains bound for some stations? For example, この列車は東京行きです。 Here they say we should read it as "yuki." Here I see that "iki" is used to mean "bound for". ...