4 Replies ・ Started by OfekS at 2018-12-29 11:42:57 UTC ・ Last reply by jarmanso7 at 2018-12-29 21:46:20 UTC

an explanation for Kanji readings

Hello Everybody! I have a question that you probably could help me with
While I'm learning the Kanji readings, I see many times that one Kun reading is split by a dot. here are some examples (those split readings are in brackets):
関 - せき, -ぜき, (かか.わる), からくり, かんぬき
験 - あかし, しるし, (ため.す), ためし
So, my question is what this dot actually means, and how does it affect about the reading of the Kun.
Hope one of you can help me,
all the best greetings,

jarmanso7 at 2018-12-29 12:13:34 UTC

The left part of the word with a dot is replaced by the kanji and the right part of the dot is left in hiragana (おくりがな ) when writing a word made up of a single kanji whose reading is kun yomi.

かか.わる → 関わる
ため.す → 試す

jarmanso7 at 2018-12-29 12:15:59 UTC

This means that for those words that inflect such as verbs and adjectives, the part in the left will not change with but the part in the right of the dot may change as the word inflects.

ため.す → ためさない、ためした、ためさなかった…

OfekS at 2018-12-29 13:49:04 UTC

you are undoubtedly the best!!
i wish you a marvelous Christmas and happy new year from Israel!!

jarmanso7 at 2018-12-29 21:46:19 UTC

Glad to help! Merry Christmas and happy new year to you too. 良いお年を!

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