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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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角【かく】?角【かど】?角【つの】?

I found this sentence 「角に大きな目印をつければ、区別しやすくなる」 He thought, "If we put a big marker on the corner, it will make it easier to distinguish them." https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/economy/20220708-...
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expressing fractions of people?

One pronounces "two people" as 二人【ふたり】, but what happens with "2.7 people"? Is the following reading of this sentence correct? このうち[2.7]{にてんなな}人【にん】に1人【ひとり】が「重【おも】い荷物【にもつ】を背負【せお】...
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What is the meaning and reading of this kanji? [closed]

I’m reading とんがり帽子のアトリエ and I encountered a kanji which defies all my attempts to look up, whether by radicals or drawing. I’ve attached a picture, the kanji in question is at the top of the third ...
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Meaning of 十五【とご】

The word has been seen in the manga ハヤテのごとく! After finishing last, Hayate is given a card with no money on it but “unlimited debt”: The full sentence reads そちらは入金が一切ない代わりに十五{とご}で無制限に借金が出来る『うしじまカード』...
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Do 白雪{しらゆき} and 白雪{はくせつ} mean the exact same thing?

I always add context to my flashcards and use different sources to find suitable ones from high-quality bilingual dictionaries. Kenkyusha offer examples for 白雪{はくせつ} but not 白雪{しらゆき}. I know some ...
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年々 is 【ねんねん】here, right?

Someone else already asked here How do you read these kanji 年々? (I am just making sure that I understood.) In the following sentence, 年々 is read【ねんねん】, correct? 小学校入学【しょうがっこうにゅうがく】を控【ひか】える子【こ】...
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How should I read 購売部?

I've seen it in an anime. There was 購買部 in the first season and then it has been changed into 購売部 in the second season. I suppose they have the same meaning and pronunciation, but 購売部 doesn't even ...
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Is どこ住み ever pronounced どこずみ?

I have been saying どこ住み{ずみ} as in ~さん、どこずみですか? because I seem to remember the first few times I heard the word used by other people it was pronounced as such. And I haven't had any issues making ...
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Popular: モテ vs 人気

In the anime adaptation of the manga The Quintessential Quintuplets, as well as the corresponding manga, I notice these 3 times (besides this) the word 'popular' (in the subtitles) was used: Scene 1: ...
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Is the reading 缶【かん】の縁【えん】correct?

Is the reading 缶【かん】の縁【えん】 correct? 缶【かん】の縁【えん】でけがをしないように気【き】を付【つ】けてください Be careful not to injure yourself on the rim of the can. https://www.bosai-nippon.com/article/4242?paged=2 I also found 縁【ふち】 ...
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What is the reading of おー💕?

I'm going to guess おこころ and then prepare to get laughed at (笑). Here is the tweet in which it appeared: https://twitter.com/tsukune_koubou/status/1525719820133875712?s=20&t=6UUD76jtLHslpLOvgYfJxA
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What is the difference between 自然【しぜん】 and 自然【じねん】?

これがひとり飲【の】みだと、自然【しぜん】と自分【じぶん】と向【む】き合【あ】う時間【じかん】ができる(source) When you drink alone, you naturally have time to face yourself. When I looked up the vocabulary in this sentence in WWWJDIC, the English ...
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"Hiatus avoidance" in Japanese?

Is the reading 腕【うで】の良【よ】い医者【いしゃ】 or 腕【うで】の良【い】い医者【いしゃ】? どんなに腕【うで】の良【よ】い医者【いしゃ】に早【はや】くかかったとしても間【ま】に合【あ】わない No matter how fast you go to a good doctor, you won't make it. https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/...
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when is it あと and when is it ご?

This sentence uses hiragana しばらくあとで雪【ゆき】の中【なか】から見【み】つかる人【ひと】も多【おお】くいます Many people are found in the snow a while later. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10013468931000/k10013468931000.html so I ...
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中【ちゅう】? 中【じゅう】? 中【ぢゅう】? 中【なか】?

まだ薄暗【うすぐら】い中【?】、子【こ】どもたちが集【あつ】まってきた It was still dimly lit, but the children had gathered. https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/279297 Here (https://japanese.stackexchange.com/a/41086/31150) it says... Since ...
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Is it 散歩中【さんぽちゅう】には or 散歩中【さんぽなか】には?

雨【あめ】が降【ふ】ったり、途中【とちゅう】でけがをする子【こ】がいたり、途中【とちゅう】でけんかが始【はじ】まったり……散歩中【さんぽちゅう】には、さまざまなアクシデントが起【お】こりえます It may rain, a child may get injured on the way, or a fight may break out on the way. ...... Various ...
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Why is ヒョウ the 音読み of 氷?

氷/冰 has pronunciations bīng/bing1/빙 (bing)/băng in Mandarin/Cantonese/Korean/Vietnamese, yet the Japanese 音読み is ヒョウ. Is there a process that explains this sound change, or does this come from another ...
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I've seen 雄臭い used in some articles and posts but couldn't find the hiragana pronunciation, does anyone what it is?

Based on the kanji and what I gathered I'm assuming it means "smells manly" or "reeks of a man". The thing is I couldn't find any hiragana reading on the kanji and wanted to know ...
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Why does Japan still use ペキン for Beijing?

Why not ベジン or even 北京{きたきょう}?
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How to understand combined characters (kanji) more easily?

A lot of Japanese restaurants, mangas and just paragraphs of texts in general (or not in general, used basically anywhere) use combined characters to make things appear shorter. And I can’t understand ...
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Is it pronounced 柄【え】? 柄【から】?柄【つか】?

Here is a text and video about the cleansing ritual 手水舎【てみずや】 https://www.nippon.com/ja/views/b05205/ which includes the sentence もう一度【いちど】、左手【ひだりて】を清【きよ】め、最後【さいご】にひしゃくを立【た】てて残【のこ】った水【みず】で柄【?】を清【きよ】める ...
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When is 大【おお】 and when is 大【だい】?

There was already a discussion here, with examples Reading of prefix 大 but what about for 大イベント? I was hoping one could generalize that 大+katakana=【だい】, but at least one word seems to contradict that ...
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Is the reading of 棚主【たなぬし】 or perhaps 棚主【ほうしゅ】?

シェア型【がた】本屋【ほんや】では、棚主【たなぬし】は自分【じぶん】で本を持【も】ってこないといけないし、店番【みせばん】だってある(source) In a shared bookstore, the shelf owners have to bring their own books, and they also have to guard the store. The idea of a &...
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「黄米来夏」 Can this be considered a name?

I am attempting to make a name for a character and decided on these 4 kanji. My question is, can this be considered a name in Japanese, if so, how would it be pronounced?
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Is the reading のぼる climb or あがる increase

In today's Yomiuri, the following sentence appeared: 空自【くうじ】が保有【ほゆう】しているのは計【けい】313機【き】(2021年【ねん】3月末【がつまつ】現在【げんざい】)だが、中国軍【ちゅうごくぐん】は計【けい】1146機【き】に上【のぼ】る The Air Self-Defense Force has a total of 313 ...
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How to pronounce a name in a book?

The following pilot's name appears on page 12 of the book ── いつまでも、いつまでも お元気で ── ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-4794216205 安原 正文 24歳【さい】 大尉【だいい】 There are apparently many possible readings of the captain's name; ...
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Understanding the Reading of 近道

Why is 近道 read/pronounced as ちかみち and not きんどう? My first assumption is that the word originated before the kanji was introduced, but I don't have this sort of information on tap.
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Is 永い間 read 【ながいま】?

Reading this book いつまでもいつまでもお元気で 特攻隊員たちが遺した 最後の言葉 知覧特攻平和会館 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-4794218308 I found the sentence 永【なが】い間【ま】、本当【ほんとう】に有難【ありがと】うございました。 Thank you for everything you have done for me over the ...
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Is び the reading for a productive suffix 〜日?

In cases where 日 is productively attached as a suffix to an already complete word, what is the canonical reading of this character? I mean cases, when a connecting article の is dropped and 日 becomes a ...
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Is the reading of 時【じ】 or 時【どき】here?

I asked about the reading of 時 in this post, What is the reading of 開店時? where the predominant view seems to be that it is 時【じ】. Is it therefore also 時【じ】 in this sentence? 子【こ】どもの学校【がっこう】や習【なら】い事【ごと】...
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音: when alone, what's the difference between おと, ね, おん?

I've seen all of them used alone as a noun, for example: 太鼓のおと, 笛のね, somethingとおなじおん.
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Pronouncing 何Xか: なん or なに?

For example, in 何曲か歌った (I sang several songs), is it なに or なん? IIUC from here (I hope it's correct?), it is なに before nouns (except 何曜日、何日、何月), and なん before counters. But 曲 can be either, so I'm not ...
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Why is 野良 read as ぼく in this song? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to link to the song but the title is 『この街に晴れはこない』 by 美波 Lyrics: 同じ温度を探すよ 結局のところ 野良{ぼく}たちどこにもいられないや After doing a bit of research it seems to be an 当て字 reading which can ...
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Understanding the reading of 日曜日 [duplicate]

I am new to Japanese and I've seen several questions similar to this one, but not exactly that one. If this has been asked before, I am very sorry. In our class, we introduced weekdays and the Kanji ...
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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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