A beginner Kanji pronounciation question
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?
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'?