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Kanji Readings

Lediox97
Asked 4 years ago

So i just started learning kanji from this study list https://www.nihongomaster.com/sheets/view/146/week-1-joyo-kanji-challenge?p=1 and noticed that the kaniji "above" and "below" have a lot of readings compared to the others, so is it necessary to learn them all  or come back to them in the future?

Also if there are less important readings than others is there a way to figure out wich are the ones needed the most?

Know someone who might be able to answer this question?

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I think as you learn more vocabulary which readings are important and which are not becomes more apparent.


I honestly hate memorising kunyoumi and onyoumi for the sake of it - but at the same time completely recognise it's a necessary evil if I want to get anywhere in the language - so when learning new kanji I make sure I've got a clutch of useful vocabularly which covers the main readings.

You're basically reverse engineering vocabularly to learn the kanji readings, if that makes any sense.

So taking 上 as an example you've got:

- Jou as in 上手 (jouzu; good at) and 以上 (ijou; used whenever ordering something to let your interlocutor know you've finished ordering)

- Ue as in 上に (ueni; above, on top of) and 上田 (Ueda; common surname)

- A as in 上がる (agaru; to rise, to go up).

Hope that helps - again sweat the multitude of readings too much, if you carry on with learning Japanese you'll pick up a lot of the main ones mostly by osmosis.

 

 

番長
Answered 4 years ago

That should read 'don't sweat' in the last line, apols.

番長
Commented 4 years ago

Thanks a lot man :)

Lediox97
Commented 4 years ago

Thanks a lot man :)

Lediox97
Commented 4 years ago