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On'yomi and Chinese: how sounds correlate In almost* any discussion of kanji usage in Japanese, do not use the Mandarin pronunciations as any kind of guide to the Japanese pronunciations. (* The exception is any discussion of recent borrowings from Mandarin, like [你好]{ニーハオ}.) Much as Japanese has changed a lot in the last 1500+ years, so too has Chinese ...


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In this case, you can distinguish using the pitch accent. 庭 is pronounced like にわ【LH】 (i.e., 平板 accent) and には pronounced in isolation is にわ【HL】. 庭には is pronounced as にわにわ【LHHL】. (には within a sentence is pronounced like には【LL】 after a non-平板 word.) When two words are pronounced exactly the same way including the pitch accent, the context is the only clue. If ...


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