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Some kanji pronounciation 2020/4/25 19:53
I'm recording a book in English that has some kanji in it. Most of them I can get a pronunciation for from Google translate. But some come up as not recognised in Japanese – but they are in Chinese. I believe these "shared" kanji are pronounced differently in Japanese than in Chinese. Can anyone help me so that I can pronounce them reasonably accurately as a Japanese would say them? Here is an example:
“{驘 æi腗Žl
The first and fifth kanji are pronounced on Google Translate as Japanese characters. But the 2nd, 3rd and 4th aren't. How would I pronounce the whole string of kanji? Likewise this string:
泆ä[ ‘”–Ë
And this:
“zà³ šð“ä
And finally, this:
‘å Šš
Thanks for any help you can give! Even just a spelling out of the sounds using English letters would be really useful.


by CliveC  

Re: Some kanji pronounciation 2020/4/26 08:25
There are mainly 3 kinds of kanji in use: (1) most traditional (old fashioned) still in use in Taiwan and older Hong Kong people; (2) simplified in use by Japanese people; and (3) more simplified in use in mainland China. Many are common in all three types, but not all. When you use google or other translation app, you need to make sure you are using and applying the correct language and kanji in that language. And in case of kanji in Japan, most can be read 2 or more ways (on-yomi and kun-yomi).
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Re: Some kanji pronounciation 2020/4/26 21:32
Thanks Kamahen. I have since contacted the author and his wife (who is Japanese) has given me the correct pronunciations for these kanji. They were people's names, but the kanji were chosen to be unflattering! Thanks for your help in understanding the different types of kanji and their pronunciations.
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