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What Is Yomi? On-yomi And Kun/kon-yomi?

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What Is Yomi? On-yomi And Kun/kon-yomi?

Postby JamieJoystick » September 28th, 2008 1:33 pm

I cant remember if it was kun or kon yomi, sorry.

But anyway, what is it?

i figured its the kanji readings but thats all i got out of it?

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Postby QuackingShoe » September 28th, 2008 2:28 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanji#Readings
onyomi (音読み) are readings imported from the Chinese with the characters they were attached to. kunyomi (訓読み) are native Japanese readings attached to the characters after import.
Well, theoretically.

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Postby JamieJoystick » September 28th, 2008 2:45 pm

Oh Right. I See.

So How Can You Tell Which Of The Reading Is Kun-yomi Or On-yomi?

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Postby QuackingShoe » September 28th, 2008 3:15 pm

You can guess by how it's used (as described on the website), and simply how it sounds (you rapidly learn to tell the difference between Chinese-derived and Japanese-derived sounds; they're just different), but also any dictionary that lists the readings of a kanji writes the onyomi in katakana and the kunyomi in hiragana. Or in those (blurgh) romaji ones, I believe onyomi are ALL CAPS, but I might have it the other way around, it's been a long time since I've seen one.

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Postby JamieJoystick » September 28th, 2008 3:22 pm

Oh K. Yea I Understand How You Could See The Difference When Its Written.

I Suppose Telling Them Apart Will Come With Practise.

Thanks For Your Help.


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