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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 あすぶ an “out-dated or obsolete” kana usage for 遊ぶ?

I saw this note on the jisho.org page for 遊ぶ: Other forms 遊ぶ 【あすぶ】 Notes あすぶ: Out-dated or obsolete kana usage. And I'm curious what this means - did it used to be read this way? Or do ...
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Different ways to read out the year

In English, there are a few ways we could read out a year like 2012 - e.g. "two thousand and twelve", "twenty twelve". Does the same thing exist in Japanese, or is there only one way ever actually ...
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When 大 is read as たい versus だい?

There is a general rule that for a kanji compound of the form 大*, you tend to read 大 using 音読み (タイ・ダイ) if * is 漢語 and with 訓読み (おお) if * is 和語. See e.g. this question on goo (in Japanese). (Of ...
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The rules of kanji reading [duplicate]

I don't completely understand how to read kanji. For example why is in 日立, 日 read as 'hi'? I know the kundoku version is used with okurigana and if kanji stands alone. Why isn't it used as ondoku ...
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What does どうなちきつたんだよオ mean?

I am trying to learn a lot by reading, but I am having a lot of trouble with this phrase/sentence: どうなちきつたんだよオ Now, this is from a manga (Akira, specifically) so I'm guessing it's some kind of ...
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Bridging tsu (“つ”) when joining two kanji

I am currently studying Japanese grammar through Japanistry's Grammar Guide (https://www.japanistry.com/the-number-system/) I've come across a section when it says that a reading changes when two ...
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How are numbers pronounced in (movie) titles? (i.e. ジョーズ3)

For example, ジョーズ3 (i.e. "Jaws Three") is in a list of movies. Would the "3" be pronounced "さん"? Typically, counter words follow after a number in Japanese. And sometimes the number's reading ...
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Literal meaning of 去場 (Saruba) [closed]

There is a place in Hokkaidō called Saruba 去場 (さるば) What can be the literal meaning of this place name??
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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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Why 習近平 is しゅうきんぺい while 文在寅 is むんじぇいん?

In broadcasts, Japanese readings of kanji are used for Chinese names while Korean readings of kanji are used for Korean names. Is there any reason for this?
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Why does this kanji use “sora” as its reading?

There's a song called 碧羅の天へ誘えど and it's read as "Hekira no Sora e Izanaedo". Is "Sora" another reading for 天? I don't see it listed on Jisho.org, and 天 seems to almost always use "Ten" as its reading.
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Foreign names in Kanji. On'yomi, Kun'yomi or a mix of readings?

It is known that Japanese names often have multiple readings depending on what reading (on'yomi, kun'yomi, nanori ...) is applied to each kanji. But my question is about foreign names written in ...
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What's the reading of 空く?

すく or あく? What's the difference?
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What does “ニセサマ” (nisesama) mean? It was in Chuunibyou

I was watching Chuunibyou and noticed this writing on Nibutani's back: "ニセサマ". I looked up what that meant and found nothing, so my question is what does ニセサマ translate to? Note: I know kana very ...
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Does a kanji with only a kun'yomi reading indicate a Japanese origin? [closed]

Does a kanji with only a kun reading mean that it originated in Japan? There are kanji that only contain an on reading, so I am assuming that kanji that have only a kun reading would indicate that the ...
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Why 早 in “good morning” is read as HA-YO but no such reading of that kanji is in a dictionary? [duplicate]

I see お早うございます in a dictionary also being written as おはようございます but why is 早 even there if it's read as HA-YA, not HA-YO? How do they know how to morph readings of kanji in a phrase into something else ...
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Do any Japanese words start with n besides ンジャメナ?

Do any Japanese words start with n besides ンジャメナ or words related to it? N'Djamena is the capital of Chad.
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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 一番星 read as Ichibanboshi instead of Ichibanhoshi?

Why do they read as Ichibanboshi? Isn't the Kunyomi of 星 is hoshi? Moreover, why do 星 is read with Kunyomi? Isn't supposed to be read with it's Onyomi considering that 一番星 is a bunch of kanji without ...
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I can't understand anything in this sentence. Please help

I'm still a beginner learning japanese, so I'm sorry if this is just a stupid question. I was reading a manga and a character says: だめ。シミが浮くとこ見てるから。 I can't understand what he means or what he's ...
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When can a word normally read with its on-reading be read with its kun-reading?

I've been trying to improve my Japanese by memorizing songs I like. My current effort is 白虎野の娘 ("The Girl in Byakkoya") from the movie パプリカ. The line at the end of the first full verse has me ...
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Is it Amekakure or Amegakure?

In Naruto the village hidden in rain is called Amegakure in English Version and Pronounced like "Ame-ga-kure" in both Japanese and English Version. But if you try to translate the kanji of this 雨隠れの里 ...
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What are the implied differences in わたくし and わたし?

Although I believe わたし to be the more common reading of 私, I have heard many examples of わたくし being used as well (ex 黒澤ダイア ラブライブ). Does that mean わたくし is an informal version or more feminine version ...
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Kanji with unique on'yomi

The question is very simple: how many kanji there are that have a 'unique' ON-reading, not shared by any other kanji? Or, as it is probably a too general question given the variety of kanji: how many ...
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Snakes! Word/Reading Choice — 蛇: へび vs じゃ vs くちなわ

蛇 I'm wondering what the difference in usage between へび, じゃ, and くちなわ is to reference snakes/serpents. Is one more common than the other? Is one more casual or more literary? For example, "snake" ...
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Write the reading of the following kanji in hiragana!

I just started learning Japanese and I'm trying to understand the whole kanji thing. The book I'm using gives some kanjis and then some exercise of the type: "Write the reading of the following kanji ...
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Why is it 二ヶ月 and not 二か月? [duplicate]

I was studying kanji, and this word came up. I know the romaji is nikagetsu, meaning two months, so I was a little confused as to why it has a little "ケ". Do you know if this is correct, and if it is,...
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Cannot recognise the kanji in a cartouche 保里尾[ ][ ][ ]晴

In the context of a C19th work titled Takamatsu no shiro mizuzeme no zu, "Picture of the Flooding of Takamatsu Castle" (髙松城水責之圖 with furigana たかまつのしろみづぜめのづ), there is a name cartouche, but I am ...
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Transcribing iteration marks: kunojiten , くの字点

The iteration marks 々, ヽ, ヾ, ゝ, ゞ are slightly smaller than standard kana, and are often seen in print when a contemporary scholar is transcribing text, a printmaker's seal, etc. My question relates ...
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Why use 「一〇点」 instead of 「十点」 and how do I read it?

I'm reading the Japanese version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. When Oliver Wood is explaining Quidditch rules to Harry, he says: 輪に入るたびに一〇点だ。 Why say 「一〇点」 instead of 「十点」? How do I ...
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'to appear': arawareru, arawaruru, and arawaru

Arawareru, あらわれる: "to appear, to come in sight, to become visible, to materialize, to manifest." It looks as if arawareru can be written: 現れる, 現われる, 表れる, 表われる, 顕れる, 顕われる (Readings: 現 = gen, ken, ...
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Why is 九時 (9 o'clock) pronounced “Ku-ji” and not “Kyu-ji”?

Why, when saying times in Japanese, does the pronunciation for 九 (9) change? I recently had to figure this out when my Siri wouldn't recognize it when I asked him to set an alarm for 9 o'clock, he ...
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How does ayakashi, あやかし = 妖 or 罔像?

A mid-19th century title reads Daimotsu-no-ura ayakashi no zu, 大物の浦罔像[あやかし]の圖, which I would translate as Picture of the 'Sea Phantoms' at Daimotsu-no-ura. I cannot grasp why the kanji 罔像 have been ...
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Learning kanji readings with examples

As background, I haven't really focused on learning kanji. I've mainly focused on learning words, and just using the correct characters for those words (purely typing, I don't write kanji by hand). ...
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Is it possible to algorithmically convert Japanese text to Romaji?

I am a programmer and I recently wrote two browser extensions, one will translate English text to "pronunciation" replacing all words founf on a web page, and another will replace all Chinese ...
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Use of '判宦' in 九郎判宦義経

A simple name cartouche 九郎判宦義経 uses '判宦' instead of '判官'. I assume it is supposed to be read Kurō Hōgan Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune received the title Kurō Hōgan (九郎判官) from the Imperial Court; sometimes ...
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Is kunyomi and onyomi REALLY necessary? [duplicate]

I learn new words really easily, and I recognize words with kanji easily, but I can't seem to memorize 4 kanji 'on and kun readings' without forgetting the 1st once I learn the 5th. This is coming ...
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What is the difference between the onyomi and Kunyomi in kanji? [duplicate]

Any word in kanji will have both onyomi and kunyomi. I believe that onyomi sounds are used when the kanji is used in a word, but kunyomi is used when the kanji is alone. is this interpretation ...
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Readings of kanji in newspaper

When reading a japanese newspaper there's a lot of kanjis, but how do you know the correct reading if you come across a kanji you dont know? Is there some easy way to look it up, or do you just have ...
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Impossible to find following kanji

I am trying to find the meaning and pronunciation of this kanji, but this kanji appears impossible to find.
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Can 19日 be read as じゅうきゅうにち?

I noticed that in my dictionary 29日 is read either as にじゅうくにち or にじゅうきゅうにち but 19日 doesn't have じゅうきゅうにち reading, only じゅうくにち. Can 19日 be read as じゅうきゅうにち?
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Is it allowed for しち reading of 7 to be used in compound numbers?

I thought that [七]{しち} (7) and [九]{く} (9) readings could not be used in constructing compound numbers, like 71 or 19, and unlike their alternative readings, [七]{なな} (7) and [九]{きゅう} (9), can only be ...
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Is the 𠆢 radical usually identified as 入 or 人?

I have read the questions that kind of talk about this already: What is the radical of 全? 人 or 入? and Why are there different names for the same kanji radical? However, I would like to ask about ...
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How do I make sense of the calligraphic characters for 六波羅坂東寺会戦?

Hi Can anyone assist by shedding light on the way that hiragana/kanji characters have been historically used in this 1850’s title cartouche? The catalogue raisonné for the artist simply records the ...
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Reading of ___の音

I am trying to read this sentence: 水の音が聞こえる Which I think means You can hear the sound of the water (lit. sound of the water is audible) But not 100% sure on how to read 水の音 here. Google ...
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How do you read these kanji 年々?

How do you guys read these kanji 年々 in a sentence? I've found on Japanese dictionary websites that it can be read both 'nen-nen' and 'toshi-doshi' and it means 'year by year'. So which one use in a ...
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How do I call the 巾 radical?

Every source I look it says it's called はば AND きん. But in what situation do I call it きん instead of はば? Also, it's usually specified as はばへん and きんへん, in my understanding へん radicals are always on ...
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Difference between 入口 and 入り口

On Wanikani I've long since learned "entrance" as 入{い}り口{ぐち}. However, in my textbook, I just came across the vocabulary word for "entrance" and it writes it as 入{いり}口{ぐち}. I note that the ...
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How to pronounce 名 in 男性名 and 男性の名?

男性名 is supposed to be read だんせいめい. But according to デジタル大辞泉(小学館) [接尾]助数詞。人数を数えるのに用いる。「40名」[接尾]助数詞。人数を数えるのに用いる。「40名」 Obviously, it is not a 助数詞 here. な【名】has the following meaning: 一般に、...
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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 ...