View topic - Kun-yomi vs. On-yomi?
On-yomi is usually used for words in which two or more kanji appear together.
However, like all things, there are many exceptions, so you just have to learn which words use which.
One trick to remembering some pronunciations for kanji is that the left half of the kanji usually gives a clue to it's pronunciation. For example
兼's on-yomi is ken
so is: 謙 and 嫌
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I highly suggest that, if possible, you read that article, written by Jack Halpern, one of the most acknowledged researchers on Japanese Language: http://www.kanji.org/kanji/japanese/writing/outline.htm.
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If you see なor some form of するright after one or more kanji, there is a very good chance the on-yomi pronunciation will be used. (Na-adjectives and suru-verb-forming nouns tend to be on-yomi.) This is complicated a bit by the fact that some na-adjectives seem to be written with one kanji (instead of two) plus one or two kana: tatoeba, 静かな、柔らかな、穏やかな...
And if you see a slew of kanji in a row with no intervening kana, expect on-yomi. (Newspaper headlines are especially prone to this! As I write this, the top headline at Asahi-com is 米首席副大統領補佐官を起訴. Huh. Some good news for a change!)
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