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一人 pronounced "Kazuto"?

Isn't it hitori? I know it can be Kazuto as in a name but... in the duolingo concept, shouldn't it be pronounced "Hitori"?

June 15, 2017


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+1. That error should be corrected.


Hitori was definitely the way I learned it when I was taking classes from a native speaker. Maybe there's a nuance that we didn't get to, but maybe it's a glitch/error while Japanese is in Beta.



This website has some more information. In Japanese there are some specific readings which are only for names. It seems like its just another thing to learn.


I agree 100% and this is what makes it really difficult to learn Japanese for me that the same thing can have multiple different readings and you can never be sure that you know enough because new readings keep coming up. For example, I have been learning Japanese for only 3 months but for 一人 I already learnt 2 different readings: ひとり and いちにん and now Duolingo says it is かずと? o.O


Honestly if due to software difficulties you can only choose one pronunciation for 一人 , why would you go with Kazuto when you the app is trying to teach Japanese?


一人 can also be pronounced Kazuto when it's someone's name, but they should change the pronunciation to be relevant to the lesson.

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