Are each on'yomi of a single or multiple Chinese dialect sources?


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Hello. Does anyone know the precise background of each on'yomi? Were the ancient Japanese learning kanji readings in each time period from a specific area of China, from the official languages or lingua francas of the time in China, or was it some sort of mixture? I thank you in advance.
  • ktdd

    Senior Member
    Mandarin - Beijing
    漢字源 will be able to tell you. For example, 行:
    《音読み》 [一]コウ(カウ)[漢]/ギョウ(ギャウ)[呉]/アン[唐]〈xíng・xìng〉/[二]コウ(カウ)[漢]/ゴウ(ガウ)[呉]/ギョウ(ギャウ)[慣]〈háng〉
    For each label's meaning, see Kanji - Wikipedia:


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    As a Chinese, I can speak Cantonese, Hakka dialect (These are dialects and remain ancient pronunciation more or less), on'yomi of kanji is suprisely similar to those. So when I learn Japanese, ah, it seems like learning one of chinese dialects(笑,as for the background, sorry not clear.
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