I knew 一 is hito in 一つ/compound and is a “kun” reading.
Likewise 人 is a standalone? reading I think but regardless an “on” reading.
I just want to know why totally different kanji “can ended up” having “the same reading”, like WHY
Also I assumed there would be a case these two standalone kanji have the same reading, in that case will I suffer when I try to decipher it when someone “say” it/the other way around (will someone have a difficulty deciphering what I’m saying when I say it)?
Or is there no such case?
一 as a standalone is not ひと.
一 as a standalone is いち.
人 as a stand alone is ひと.
一人 is ひとり. 二人 is ふたり. 一つ is ひとつ. 二つ is 二つ. You just have to keep learning for the patterns to start to emerge.
I’m not thinking of the kanji as words. I’m the of the words as words, the kanji replaces parts of words. That is why kanji can have different readings because they are replacing parts of different words.
It’s the same as in english when you say red and read(past tense) they sound the same. Do you mix them up, no because they are used in vastly different places.
In English there’s the letter ‘g’, but ‘g’ is not a word. However, the letter ‘a’ also happens to be a word on its own. Similarly in Japanese, kanji are individual characters, but sometimes can also be words.
Also in English, the letter ‘a’ can be pronounced differently depending on the word, like “father” and “fat”. Similarly in Japanese, kanji can be pronounced (read) differently depending on the word, because many kanji have multiple readings.
I actually figured out those confusions with tool outside wanikani.
Currently I’m just studying casually so I just mainly use wanikani and some textbooks (that I don’t read yet). When I know more vocabulary will these kind of problems just dissapear?
Do you have study materials recommendation btw?
I tried to find a stand alone kanji with the same reading. drum roll…
橋 is bridge.
箸 is chopsticks.
Both are pronounce hashi, technically they have different pitch formation… but even with bad pronunciation. I doubt there will be a time that anyone would be confused… and even if they were… we have to learn to be okay with that. We confuse each other all the time in English but we don’t make it mean anything. We just clarify.
To address you’re other question. Say you only know hashi for chopsticks, and someone said hashi meaning bridge. This is a word you don’t know so you say what, meet at the chopsticks? No hashi, the road over water thing… oh hashi is bridge and then you know.