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Oni's picture

It's different readings.

It's different readings. Onyomi (On reading/katakana) & Kunyomi (Kun reading/hiragana). It's just multiple ways to read the same kanji.

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askeladd's picture

The hiragana/katakana thing

The hiragana/katakana thing tells you the difference between the native Japanese reading (hiragana / kun reading) and its Chinese reading (katakana / on reading). The particular reading that is used depends on the meaning or nuance of the word. As a general rule of thumb, the on (Chinese) reading is used in compound words, but like any rule, there are exceptions. Learning kanji in context helps to alleviate the "which reading" confusion.

Hope this helps.

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Are there any difference between words we use for Kanjis

Hi All,

I am new to This Japanese Langauge and while i go through this site i saw some Kanjis with so many meanings i mean each kanji has 3 / 4 meanings written in Hiragana and some in Katakana, Is there any difference about their usage.

Please let know

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