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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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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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Reading of 笑 in the meaning of lol/heh

What is the reading of 笑 when used as a “lol” or “heh” interjection? Is it わらい or something shorter? Is the reading the same when written as “w”? What if it’s repeated like 笑笑 or wwww?
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How do you pronounce 電報船? Is is でんぽうふね、でんぽうぶね or でんぽうせん?

I recently started to read 'Made in Abyss' and unfortunately is doesn't contain any furigana, which sometimes makes it hard for me to understand. So I came across the word 電報船, which refers to a mail ...
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Help me identify this kanji on my knife box

For context, it's a nakiri made by artist 藤原兼房. The blade is a 50/50 grind, so it's not left or right handed. I can read every character except the third one down on the left. Reading from the ...
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How does 方 becomes なた in 何方?

Most dictionaries say that 方 is read as ホウ, かた/がた, え. But why does it change in [何方]{どなた} and is completely different in [何方]{どちら}? Are those some archaic readings or some 'synergetic' words that ...
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Reading of 上 in the sentence:じょう or うえ [duplicate]

I was reading the news when I saw the sentence with 上で (see the sentence with highlight). I was thinking if it should be read as うえ or じょう。I am inclined to read this as じょう because it doesn't fit ...
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Proper reading of 面

I was looking for sample sentences for 面(おもて) when I saw these sentences in my dictionary. 決める前にこの問題を、あらゆる面(おもて)から考えてみよう。 Let's consider the problem in all its bearings before making a decision. 倫理の面(...
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泣けばいいと思ってて綺麗事ばかりな主人公にイライラする。

The excerpt in the title of this question is a comment someone made about a manga I’m reading, ブラックジャックによろしく. I have two questions: ① What is the て preceding て綺麗事 for? Is it a typo to have two て like ...
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Reading 開く in SharePointで開く

So, I was reading through a list of options in Japanese when I saw "SharePointで開く." My initial reaction was to read it as あく but it felt wrong and thought that maybe it was ひらく. I checked this link ...
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When is “顔” かお or がお? [duplicate]

I've recently read about the slang that came from Kansai-ben, "どや顔" (doyagao) and realized that 顔 was spelt as "がお" instead of "かお". This is my first time seeing this so I was wondering what caused ...
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Reading of the number 10 as とお or じゅう?

I found this sentence online and it had no reading to it. So I presumed that “10” was read as とお considering how this number is counted within the つ counter group. 交わした10の約束は1つも守らなかった。 However, I ...
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How do I read 係?

I came across these sentences in the same manga. [1] よつばはこびがかりな! [2] しんぶんとってくるかかりか? [3] よつばちゃん新聞係? I'm guessing it's 係 "person in charge" in these sentences. Is it がかり whenever it is a verb stem /...
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Can 能力 can also be read as “ちから”? [duplicate]

I've heard 能力 being read as "ちから" while checking up Japanese subs for Death note. (e.g. そしてキラの能は他に渡った…). But all dictionaries I've consulted say that 能力 is only read as "のうりょく" or "のうりき" and that "ちから"...
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What is the meaning of 月 in this sentence?

★please note: if it’s possible, I wouldn’t want the whole sentence translated as I want to do it myself. I’d prefer to have information about my questions with examples in other sentences than this ...
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Is there a kanji for いいですね? [duplicate]

Is there kanji for いいですね? I see that よいですね can be written as 良いですね. In context, is 良いですね understood and read as いいですね?
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The meaning (and reading) of 間 in context of people, 境 and 混, does it mean 'getting into a group or clique'?

I'm slowly, very very slowly working through this story here while I study kanji (using kanjidamage) and with basic Japanese grammar skills, very much a beginner. 間 seems to be leaning toward 'period ...
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How to say 一〇年 in a sentence [duplicate]

I see this structure a lot: まるで一〇年以上....... What does the 一〇 mean and how do I pronounce it? Is it いちまる?
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Reading/meaning of 裡

日頃は冷静な乾さんの裡から、ちらりと激情が見えたようだった。 What is the reading and meaning of 裡 here? I found the readings うち and うら in Jisho.org
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Question regarding the 「⻏」radical

I’ve put ⻏ in the search function but got no result. There are two ⻏radicals. Their origins are different but they are visually identical. On Jisho: But in a different dictionary (an app I got for my ...
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What happens when a speaker could not read a kanji character when reading a text out loud?

I am currently in the process of slowly learning kanji. I have found out that there are 2136 characters of general use "joyo" kanji, but it is said that the total number of kanji characters could be ...
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Reading of 様 in SARS様ウィルス

I was watching a video https://youtu.be/XUK7ORYBgIs?t=235 until a Japanese vlogger stumbled on reading the phrase: SARS様ウィルス The phrase itself seems pretty widespread and even Wikipedia mentions ...
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meaning and reading of 心楽しい

I have the following (part of a) sentence そして疲れていながらも心楽しかった。 I found several references to 心楽しい online but my search on several directories was unsuccessful regarding meaning and way of regarding. ...
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Reading and Meaning of 町の主だった幹部

今回は、町の主だった幹部は、全員顔を揃えていた。 How would you read 主 here? And does 町の主だった幹部 mean "the main leaders of the town"?
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永遠 vs 永久 difference in meaning?

I was reading a Japanese version of 日常{にちじょう} where one of the main characters Yuuko is writing notecards for her English exam the next day (which she had not studied for). As she was translating “...
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What is the reading of 0件? れいけん or ゼロ件?Thanks!

What is the reading of 0件? れいけん or ゼロ件?Thanks!
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Words with varied 音読み{おんよみ}

In watching this YouTube video, the last slide displays the following information, which provides examples of words that bear 呉音{ごおん}、漢音{かんおん}、and 唐宋音{とうそうおん} types of 音読み{おんよみ}. I was interested in ...
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How is 懐く read in this case?

I came across this word in a manga page, on the top right speech bubble. I'm not sure whether this Kanji should be read as なつく or いだく. Moreover, neither of the readings make too much sense to me, ...
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Do the Japanese read Classical Chinese poems in Japanese or in on-readings?

The pros and cons of both approaches are obvious. 1) If you read by conversion into Japanese through kanbun, you get the sense. Meanwhile, you lose the rhythm, and sometimes it is not obvious what ...
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Alternative reading of 額

In 無情のスキャッツ from 人間椅子, there's the following line, around 2'41": 私の額{ぬか}にも微笑をくれ The furigana are from the video's subtitles, which are not automatically generated by Youtube, so this is definitely ...
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How do I remember a Kanji with more than two readings and when to use them [duplicate]

I'm currently studying Kanji using a flashcard app on my computer. I do know that there are two readings for each character, On and Kun. What I don't understand, is when a Kanji has more than two ...
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What is the difference between 描【か】く and 描【えが】く?

I believe the two forms of to draw are 描{か}く and 描{えが}き. What are the differences between them? Which one is used more commonly?
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What is the reading of 台北(タイペイ)?

台北 (or 臺北) is the name of Taiwanese city, Taibei, read [tʰaɪ̯³⁵ peɪ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾] in Mandarin. In Japanese, it is normally rendered with the sequence タイペイ. But what is the reading of this sequence? ペイ is ...
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when to use がつ or げつ readings for 月?

I am trying to learn the readings for various words that include 月, and am having a hard time remembering when to use がつ or げつ for the on'yomi readings. The month names, 一月、二月、etc all use がつ, as far ...
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Reading of the jukugo 友達 [duplicate]

I am new to the Japanese language and I have been wondering why the word 友達 is read as 'tomodachi' instead of 'tomotachi' even though its pronunciation is kun-kun (tomo-dachi) but the kun-yomi of 達 is ...
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What is the reading of 弓形?

The word 弓形 has three different readings which are きゅうけい, ゆみがた, and ゆみなり. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be much distinction between these three readings. Is this simply a case wherein all ...
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What is the difference between 山道【さんどう】 and 山道【やまみち】?

To provide context, I stumbled upon this new term for me when reading this sentence: 田舎の山道を車で走っていたら、突然サルが飛び出してきた。 I looked 山道 up in a dictionary and I saw there are two possible readings. さんどう and ...
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Are groups of kanji classified as on or kun'yomi overall or individually?

Individual kanji have on and kun readings. Which character in a multiple kanji word determines if the word has an on or kun reading? 月曜日 is a better example, on on kun. Would Nichiyoubi be considered ...
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Which reading does Google Translate use for kanji words?

I used a web service to emulate the name "Siavosh" in Kanji. First, you select your name parts from a table of kana and then it gives you a combination of kanji with pronunciation of each kanji ...
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Reading of 大: だい or たい?

The おお reading is out of the scope of this question - it might be involved in the answer though I'm learning some vocabulary, and noticed that 大 was sometimes read だい, sometimes たい. The instance that ...
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When is 前 read さき?

I’ve noticed that Daijisen lists 前 as kanji for さき together with the expected 先. However all compounds at the end of the article include only 先, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen 前 with furigana さき. ...
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Which is the more common reading of 仏陀 - ぶつだ or ブッダ?

I realize that 仏陀 is probably more common in writing where the reading is ambiguous anyway, but I am curious to know: do people tend to read it as ぶつだ or ブッダ? For what it's worth, my IME recognizes ...
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hiragana/kanji and readings

The question 何か楽器をひけますか appeared in ISBN-13: 978-4828867588 on page 102. Question 1: Is the kanji form of the verb 弾く【ひく】to play (a stringed or keyboard instrument)? Question 2: If the answer to ...
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What is the correct reading of 黙然?

黙然 has two different readings which are もくねん and もくぜん. I am fairly confident in saying that もくぜん is the more common of the two and that もくねん is some sort of outdated reading. Is this interpretation ...
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What is the common reading of the word 外海?

外海 has two readings がいかい and そとうみ. What is the difference of the two? Personally, I am under the impression that がいかい is the common reading because of its similarity to the word 外国【がいこく】. However, I ...
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赤らめる 大それた rule for reading

[大]{だい}それた On’yomi before hiragana in a word looks special. Are there any other examples? If any, how can I know whether it is kun’yomi or on’yomi? Like: [赤]{あか}らめた
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Romanizing doubled-up kango

I am reading some old prewar books that smush two kango together to create a complex noun, for example 伝説伝統 for "legends and traditions". An academic citation, by an author who I am finding a bit ...
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What is the correct reading of 水気?

From researching about the word 水気 in Jisho, I found that it has two different readings: すいき and みずけ. Unfortunately, the information on the site did not really help me in differentiating on what the ...
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Why is the “NO” pronounced but not written in 山手, 井上 , 木下? [duplicate]

The names are read Yamanote, Inoue and Kinoshita. Where is the NO written? Is NO the only pronunciation that is used but omitted when writing names? Does it only happen when NO is used? Apparently, ...

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