how to read"音"?
  • in which occasion read "oto" and which occasion read"ne"
  • In my experience, that character is most commonly read "oto" or "on." Two other less common readings are
    "ne" and "in." If you see that character all by itself in a sentence, it is probably read "oto." If it is part of a compound word,
    it is usually read "on."
    "on" Examples:
    発音 = hatsu on (pronunciation)
    防音 = bou on (sound proofing)
    音読み = on yomi (Chinese-derived reading of a Kanji)
    音声 = on sei (voice-over, like on a movie etc.)
    音読 = on doku (reading aloud)
    同音 = dou on (same sound/pronunciation)

    "in" Examples:
    母音 = boin (vowel)
    子音 = shiin consonant

    "ne" examples:
    本音 = honne (true feeling/opinion [as opposed to how you act on the outside])
    弱音 = yowane (complaint)

    "oto" (if you see it all by itself, or not connected to other kanji in a sentence, it is probably read oto)
    さきに変な音が聞こえた saki ni hen na oto ga kikoeta (I heard a strange sound a little while ago)

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