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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nick-33

A beginner Kanji pronounciation question

Hi guys

Whenever I get this question I am really confused:

https://i.imgur.com/3Gyq4xI.png

The sound that the lady makes is 'naka'. Why is the hiragana for 'chuu' the correct answer?

Thanks Nick

October 29, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arachnje

Hi Nick.
Every Japanese kanji can be pronounced using two different ways (systems):
- Onyomi, which is the Chinese-originated pronunciation of the kanji.
- Kunyomi: the Japanese pronunciation of that kanji.
Any kanji can have multiple pronunciations under each of those two categories.
In the case of 中, the (naka) is its kunyomi pronunciation , while (chuu) is the onyomi.

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nick-33

Thankyou Arachnje :)

I now understand it can be prounounced naka or chuu. For me it would make sense in the question if the woman said 'chuu' and I had to choose chuu - and then if sometimes she says naka, and I would answer 'naka'.

However why do they use the audio for 'naka' when the answer I have to choose is 'chuu'?

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