Issue with 中 in Intro 1

The exercise asks what sound does 中 make? the audio clearly says “naka” but the correct answer from the options is not なか but さゆう which is another way to read this kanji. Thought I was going crazy so I had to look it up in the dictionary. It is my first time posting in duolingo so I hope this is where I am supposed to talk about issues with the app. Thanks!

11/30/2017, 3:44:28 PM

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You are correct and this is sadly a common error in the duolingo Japanese from English course. There are much more issues...

But one have to say: Japanese writing and reading is really complex and difficult, so it is a hard work to program an accurate code for this.

11/30/2017, 4:27:34 PM
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Well, basically Japanese Kanji can always have different readings, depending on the context.

中国 is read ちゅうごく (chugoku) and means China

夜中 is read よなか (yonaka) and means midnight

Now, I believe doulingo doesn't allow characters to have multiple readings (mainly because that is not needed in most languages) and I bet 中 is used elsewhere later as なか, so someone must have made the choice to give it that sound instead of さゆう.

You might also notice that は is always pronounced 'wa' in the exercises even though it can also be read 'ha' in other contexts.

The Japanese course still has a beta tag on it, so they are already probably already aware of the issue and working on compatibility of kanji and the text-to-speech system.

12/1/2017, 5:34:24 PM
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Two questions: Which lesson was this in? Which dictionary did you use to confirm?

I have heard さゆう many times but it has always meant 'left and right' or 'all around', written as 左右, never 中.

12/1/2017, 2:46:17 AM
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intro, lesson 4. I just hit it too. It makes sense when follow-on questions introduce "china", but when 中 is by itself and the audio says なか while the kana says ちゅう it doesn't make much sense.

12/1/2017, 4:07:47 AM
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I understand that the kanji has two pronunciations, and I know how to use them. I am saying that さゆう is NOT the same as ちゅう.


12/1/2017, 11:09:49 PM

I just got to this same issue. It has still not been fixed. A lot of the other kanji in the same lesson have the same issue too.

12/7/2018, 3:07:10 AM
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