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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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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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Does long vowel in Japanse apply for more than 2 vowels? [duplicate]

I stumbled on the word 経営 and wonder if it should be pronounced /keee/ or /ke ee/ (two separate words with two long vowels.
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How is the number 0.01 spoken in Japanese?

How is the number 0.01 correctly spoken in Japanese? I always thought it is ゼロてんゼロいち, but Google Translate and DeepL give different readings: ゼロポイントゼロワン and ゼロ点ゼロ1
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Is いっしゅるい the correct reading of 1種類?

「いろいろやると大変【たいへん】になるから」と、メニューはカレーライス[1種類]【いっしゅるい】のみ He opened a small curry shop with only one type of curry rice on the menu, saying, "If I do too many things, it will be too much work." Is ...
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How do I read this kanji from an old book?

It is from a book titled ガンビアの春, or Spring in Gambier, that I am translating for my senior capstone project. I can read 活, but I couldn't tell you what the second character is. This author tends to ...
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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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Are there cases where a 漢字 in a given context has a different 読み just because it is spoken in a different dialect?

As is well known there are many different dialects in Japan. There are many examples where the vocabulary, the grammar and/or the pronunciation are different in different dialects. It recently ...
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Writing できました as 出来ました

I came across a tweet of an illustration with the caption "出来ました" https://twitter.com/sakura77722/status/1461636114930798594 When writing the verb できる as 出来る does it still mean things like &...
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Is the on'yomi kanji reading really needed if I'm going to Japan? [closed]

Is the on'yomi kanji reading really needed if I'm going to Japan?
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"current husband"?

How does one read 今夫, as in the sentence here: 私【わたくし】の知【し】り合【あ】いの女性【じょせい】は、[5]{ご}階【かい】に元夫【もとおっと】、[10]{じゅっ}階【かい】に今夫【いまおっと】さんがいるそうで、[4]{よん}階【かい】で本人【ほんにん】がモリモリ働【はたら】いています (source) I know a woman who ...
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The reading of 町 for different towns

The following is an excerpt from an article on NHK News Web Easy. Why is one town called Takamori-machi but the other one - Yamato-chou? The kanji for “town” is the same but the reading is different ...
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reading of the counter 種

How does one read the counter 種 in this dictionary entry? https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/三毒/#jn-91663 仏語【ぶつご】。人【ひと】の善心【ぜんしん】を害【がい】する3種の煩悩【ぼんのう】。貪【とん】・瞋【しん】・痴【ち】。 There are three kinds of vexations ...
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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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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?

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 (source) Hayashi san, who was 82 years old when she opened the store, makes dumplings with her experienced hands. and I was wondering whether to read 開店時【かいてんとき】 or 開店時【...
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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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