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Confusing kun-yomi speaking and on-yomi reading of ''中''

So, I just started checking this site out for some additional vocabulary leaning and practice, and I stumbled apon the introduction of the Kanji 中。

While the audio file says it's kun-yomi reading "naka / なか", the reply option shows it's on-yomi reading "しょう". Doesn't this cause major confusion among people beein totally new to the language? Is there a specific thought behind this?

May 8, 2018

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

a lot of the Kanji and kana have incorrect readings when choosing from the tiles. 中(ちゅう・なか)is just one of them. It appears to be a logistical problem with kana or kanji that have multiple readings.

My new favorite is 生 (せい)which is used in things like student 学生, but it's also used to mean "raw" but it's pronounced なま、as in 生寿司 (なますし).

Pretty much any kanji or kana that has more than one reading is being presented with incorrect pronunciation with the tiles at some point. Here are a few off the top of my head to watch out for.

人 = じん、 ひと

中 = ちゅう、なか

生 = なま、せい

は = は、 わ

を =お (but is incorrectly pronounced wo ヲ, a legitimate reading but not in these lessons)

日= ひ、にち

May 9, 2018

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

I reported it earlier when the course was newer. It’s been a problem for a while and it’s known by the contributors. I’m not sure how much control they have over the TTS audio since audio is always a third party source.

May 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Freya540617

So what is the correct pronunciation?

May 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kevin989719

They are both correct depending how it is used. If it is used with hiragana attached (okurigana) you with しよう. If it’s used with other Kanji, you go with なか.

May 8, 2018

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

I don't think しょう is any reading for 中. The regular kun yomi readings are なか and うち and on yomi ちゅう. The kun yomi are native Japanese "pronunciations" and on yomi are of chinese origin. A very basic rule of thumb (and a gross oversimplification) would be that kun yomi are usually used with okurigana and kun yomi with compound words with more than one kanji character, but this rule has a myriad of exceptions. My best advice would be to learn them in context as you go. See for example here for details on the character: https://jisho.org/search/中%20%23kanji

May 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kevin989719

But of course, my bad. I was mixing it up with 小 I guess, since both of them are on my latest WaniKani list, lol.

May 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/penny_666

What makes it even more interesting is, there are 4 types of On-yomi. go-on, kan-on, to-on and so-on. Plus there is kanyo-on.

There is no easy way to learn it, you just have to accept it the way it is.

December 29, 2018
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