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Re: [Lingo] Pronounciation from kanji: 下手 (へた)


On 08/02/2008, steven smith <> wrote:
> > and a lot of words
> > where the reading of the word has nothing whatsover with the readings
> > of the constituent kanji. Think about words like 今日 (きょう), 田舎,
> > etc. etc.

> What had me really confused was that へ was nowhere in the
> readings for 下.  So this belongs to the third case where
> "the reading of the word has nothing whatsoever with the
> readings of the constituent kanji."

IMHO, yes.

> This is the first instance like this I'd noticed.

Never seen 今日/きょう before?

> So to
> take this a step further, if you know the on/kunyomi for the
> kanji in a word and need to find its pronunciation, first
> look at the onyomi, then the kunyomi, then the combinations
> of on/kunyomi, then ...  punt?

Well, I'd be hitting a dictionary after step 1.

A really cool server is FOKS (written by Slaven Bilacs when he was a
grad student at TIT,) See   You can type
in raw On or Kun readings and it will find things, いまにち will find



Jim Breen
Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Clayton School of Information Technology,
Monash University, VIC 3800, Australia

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