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A beginner Kanji pronounciation question

Hi guys

Whenever I get this question I am really confused:


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

Thanks Nick

October 29, 2017



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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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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