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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 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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What reading would I use for 街 in fictional place names?

I'm reading a web novel and the author made up a nickname for a very rundown area of the city the characters live in: 貧困街 There's no furigana so I'm not sure of the reading, but my guess is "...
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Rules and phenomena about reading/writing words with kanji

I'm trying to learn Japanese but I'm the kind of person who can't really learn if they don't understand some of the mechanisms. I'm stuck when learning vocabulary because I can't just be like "OK this ...
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Math in Japanese

I am currently reviewing all of my high school math classes, but doing it in Japanese instead, so I found some websites that are meant to help Japanese high school students in math. Through this ...
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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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Why does gemination happen in many 真 compounds?

Inspired by https://japanese.stackexchange.com/a/38733/3295 Some examples from Wiktionary: 真っ暗 (makkura, "total darkness") 真っ向 (makkō, "directly opposite", "right in front") 真っ黒 (makkuro, "...
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微温い versus 温い versus ぬくい versus ぬるい

According to WWWJDIC, ぬるい and ぬくい are both written 温い. Anthy and the iOS Japanese input systems agree. However a native speaker and the input of an electronic dictionary (広辞苑)say that 温い is read ...
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What is the meaning of 人児, and is it a compound?

There's this rather unpleasant sign on a restaurant that says: 中国人&帰化人、残留孤児、中国系混血人児、絶対入店禁止、純血日本男児のみ。 Putting aside the racist content, from a linguistic point of view, the one word that throws me ...
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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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How does one know when to use ~ふん or ~ぷん when telling time in Japanese?

I'm wondering if there are any linguistic reasons or rules that can be applied to find out which to use, or do I just need to memorize them individually?
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How is 中 read in 「昨日寝る中で電話がありました。」?

I don't know whether I read 中 as なか or ちゅう in the sentence below: 昨日寝る中で電話がありました。
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What is the yomikata of 値 in 破格値?

My kanji textbook contains this example text excerpt from a leaflet [1]: 各種家具を破格値で! I would assume that it would be 「チ」 because 「ハカク」 is an Onyomi-Reading, but I believe I have heard 「はかくね」before. I ...
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How to read percentage?

How to read 12.5%? I've place it on Google Translate and heard じゅうにてんパーセント, is it correct? 65歳を超えるアメリカ人は全人口の12.5%を構成している。
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How do I read 初商業誌?

I searched google, jisho, and yahoo. I couldn't find a proper pronunciation for 初商業誌.
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Where did the reading for 鏡 in 眼鏡 come from?

I looked up the reading for 鏡 in 眼{め}鏡{がね} on jisho.org here, but I could not find がね, only かがみ,キョウ, and ケイ. Where did that reading come from?
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Why does the 文語 version of the Bible have so many nonstandard readings?

For example in Genesis 1: 元始{はじめ}に神{かみ} 天地{てんち}を創造{つくり}たまへり Why are the kanji 元始 and 創造 given the interesting readings? Moreover, they seem to be given the readings of the less specific words 始め ...
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Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?

Here is my present state of understanding: A kanji's meaning is the same regardless of reading. A reading is a way of speaking the kanji out loud. Kun readings are always used when the kanji appears ...
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金 pronunciation

I read that the kanji 金 ("gold") can be pronounced both as kon and as kin. When should it be pronounced kon and when kin? Is there any rule about picking one or the other?
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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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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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What is the correct reading for the names 小此木 and 廣?

I need to write the names 小此木憲次 (the adopted son of 宮部金吾) and 森廣 (a leader of 札幌独立キリスト教会) in ローマ字 in an academic paper. What is the correct 読み方 for 小此木 and for 廣? I tried kanji.reader.bz but it did ...
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What's the difference between 堪える{こたえる} and 堪える{こらえる}?

to bear; to stand; to endure; to put up with What is the difference between 堪える(こたえる) and 堪える(こらえる)? There is also 堪える(たえる) but it got additional to support; to withstand; to resist; to brave ...
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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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need help understanding a coin

I read Chinese decently, so my friend asked me if I knew what their coin was for. From Chinese, I could read the kanji 金品 (Gold Commodity) and 交换 (Exchange), but not the Japanese. Can someone help me ...
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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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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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What does this kanji mean? How do I read it?

What does this kanji say? I don't know the radicals for it, therefore I haven't been able to look it up correctly.
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How to read these algebraic formulas?

I am reading a Japanese text, but i wonder how to read these set and function formulas: A∪B={x|x∈A または x∈B} P(X)={A|A⊂X} How do you read these in Japanese?
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What is the correct pronunciation of 精撰寒晒?

I'm reading the front of a pack of 白玉粉{しらたまこ} and have run into something I think is a name. However, searching online doesn't produce results in any dictionary I can find. From what I can see, 精撰 is ...
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決着 (keri or kecchaku)

This word 「決着」 (settlement/conclusion) is read as けっちゃく. Though lately, I've been digging into some more comics and noticed that there's another reading being used: ケリ. For example: これが最後【さいご】だ。決着【...
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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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Proper reading of 胸突き term as used in martial arts

What is the correct pronunciation of the word 胸突き as used in martial arts? In Japanese sources, it seems to be むなつき. However, in several Martial arts in the US, it seems to be called "munetsuki" when ...
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How do I alphabetize a list with Hiragana, Katakana and Jukugo?

I understand that there's the Gojuon order for あいうえお and so forth, but if I had list with Katakana アイウエオ, do I order it all like あいうえおアイウエオ, or do I order it like あアいイうウえエおオ? Consequently if I have ...
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What's the reading for 今朝 in this sentence?

I'm trying to say, "I arrived at the station this morning." 今朝駅に着きました。 As I understand, 今朝 can be read as けさ or こんちょう. Which is the correct reading in this case?
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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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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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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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Both on'yomi and kun'yomi in a first name?

I know that some Japanese words made of two kanjis can contain both on'yomi and kun'yomi, however, is that was also true for someone's first name? For example, I have seen the name 雪花 or 雪華 read as 「...
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Kanji reading of a name

What reading would be used for "鮫" if it's a last name or a first name?
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Is みなすじ a “Precedented” Reading of 水脈?

I heard the word 水脈 sung as みなすじ in a song, and I wouldn't have known what word was actually being said if I hadn't had the lyrics present. My dictionary doesn't show that as a possible reading, so I ...
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“Yon” vs. “Shi” in school names

I've tried Voicetext.jp and Google's text to voice service to read this 四中の It reads something like Yon-chū no But Google suggested this romanization, which left me doubtful Shi-chū no So, ...
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Where does the れ reading of 落 in 洒落 come from?

Both wiktionary and jisho.org list the on'yomi for 落ちる as ラク. The kun'yomi is 落{お}ちる, 落{お}とす, or 落{お}ち. So I'm wondering how this kanji developed the reading れ in お洒落{しゃれ} and 洒落{しゃれ}.
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How to read 連体形 + 上

Taking an example from a page naruto linked in another thread: 外国人が日本語を習得する上で難しい点がたくさんあります。 My inclination is to read this as うえ since it's followed by で, however I've got a nagging feeling it ...
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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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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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Is it common for Kanjis to have several pronunciations like for 乾?

While doing introductionary courses of Japanese, I stumble on a fact that affrights me about the difficulty of the language. When congratulating each other around a drink: 乾杯 the Kanji 乾 is ...
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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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In what situations would 居る (いる) be read as おる?

I was recently present in a chat room where someone asked: 日本人おるか I translated this as: Are there Japanese people (here)? But in that case, I'd expect it to be: 日本人いるか I looked up おる in an ...
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What does mean 濾るま湯?

I don't have much context for it because I found it while looking for examples sentence containing 起伏 on yourei.jp 氷のように冷たいのではなく、濾るま湯のように感情の起伏がない声で。 According to what I found 這濾る may be read as ...
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What are the rules or instances in which a kana indication of の is dropped?

I've noticed that, in instances such as 「天叢雲剣」{あめのむらくものつるぎ}, の is present in only the pronounced version where it should also be included in the written version. This is not the only instance I have ...

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