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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'?


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

This in my opinion, is the biggest issue with the Japanese course. Typically, other language courses have one tile (word card) with one pronunciation for each word. They seem to have done the same here, except that Japanese is different due to the Onyomi/Kunyomi readings, and the occasional change in pronunciation due to other rules (which you may soon encounter). The only way I could think of to overcome this issue is to prepare several sets of all possible pronunciations, then introduce a specifically-made set for each sentence. But, even without knowledge in programming, I can imagine the amount of work this involves. Also, even if they prepare separate pronunciation sets, I'm not sure the lesson mechanism (like the way word tiles are introduced or paired) allows the multiple-set approach to be employed. As a compromise, I wish that they'd at least add lesson notes to the course to make things relatively easier for the learner.

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