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音読み  (おんよみ): イ
訓読 み (くんよみ): くらい
部首 (ぶしゅ):  亻 (にんべん)

Meaning: rank, grade

Notes: I’d never really noticed this kanji before studying it, but now that I’ve studied it, wow, it seems to show up all over the place!  I feel like I particularly noticed it on TV, where all the game shows and ranking shows seem to use it like this:


ranked 1st


「グーグル(餃子部門)第一位?」by Flickr member machu. (Original image here).


In looking over the examples of words that use くらい in them, it seems to be a real toss up as to when you pronounce it イ and when you pronounce it くらい or ぐらい.  Though くらい is the くんよみ, that doesn’t seem to matter. It seems to behave like an おんよみ.  This is troublesome.  I guess you just learn the words, and then you know when to say what…



Kanji originally posted 2009.06.07

Part or all of English definition is from  KANJIDIC — property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, used in conformance with the Group’s licenceDonate to the WWWJDIC project. Stroke order diagrams licensed from Kanji Cafe.

Written by bunkalearner

2010/01/05 at 8:31 am

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