It took me a couple of tries to realize that I was typing かんしゃ instead of かんじゃ. The reading explanation says that the word uses the onyomi readings, which is true. But it doesn’t mention the rendaku on the second syllable.
Nothing major, but I just thought it should be updated.
I emailed them this morning to ask them to add an on’yomi reading for a kanji… even though it’s the kun’yomi that’s accepted. But I was marked wrong when it should have shook, so it bothered me (even though I didn’t remember the kun’yomi and would have gotten it wrong anyway ).
Hmm, when I sent them an email with some typos a while back, I mentioned that I’d noticed several items which didn’t acknowledge rendaku. They said it was deliberate because they hope that you start to notice these things yourself as you reach higher levels.
They responded to me with the same! I’m surprised you made it to level 37 without noticing this @ninjaflautist90
In the majority of cases, we stop pointing out the rendaku for items after level 10. You’ve seen enough of them at that point, and hopefully gotten used to seeing them and picking them out, that we don’t feel they need special mention in most cases
Off topic, but I remember reading Speaker for the Dead, and in the preface they explain how to (more or less) pronounce things in Portuguese since most of the main characters were Portuguese. It was confusing…
Hum, it’s not that hard. I see the /r/ sound being pretty hard since you need to roll your tongue (and English natives kinda struggle with the Japanese /r/ and that’s like nothing). There are also the sounds with a ~ like nhã and ão (João <= my first name). But nhã is like nyan The vogals and most consonants are exactly the same as in Japanese.
But let’s not forget about accents xD BR PT vs PT PT for example.
I’d say that a Portuguese person would have 0 problems with JP pronunciation. Not an expert, but I remember that it took me like 2 minutes to realize I could pronounce all JP sounds on my first try.
Ohh, I can do that part! I took Spanish in high school and they have the r roll too.
Even people that only speak English are 90% of the way to correctly pronouncing Japanese phonetics. The last couple % points (like the sometimes-nasally n) are hard though!
It was only confusing in the book because it was an info dump and I wasn’t actually hearing audio samples. I’ve read the book like 5 times already, but maybe next time I’ll listen to some audio of the sounds first to make sure I’m “saying” the characters’ names correctly.