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when i know what is yobu or yomu because both are yonde
Feb 7, 2011 2:46 PM
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Hi Andre. It is difficult to answer your question. I usually distinguish them by the situation. case "yobu" takashi wo yonde. In this case, "takashi" is a person's name. So you will think "yonde" means "please call" case "yomu" hon wo yonde. In this case, "hon" is a reading. So you will think "yonde" means "please read" Sorry, my poor English...
February 7, 2011
tuhruk is right. "~ wo yobu" always comes with a person or its equivalent, like police, teacher, whom you can call. "~wo yomu" always comes with something you can read such as a book, newspaper, website, magazine, etc. Besides that, when we actually say them in conversation, yonde for yobu and yonde for yomu are pronounced differently. --- addendum Oh, also, they are different in kanji. So if it's written, there is no way to mistake. For pronunciation, it's difficult to show the exact pronunciation by text, but this is my best try: H means High pitch, and L means Low pitch. Yomu- Yonde H L - H L L Yobu - Yonde L H - L H H
February 10, 2011
Context, of course. And they are pronounced different. yo'mu = yo'nde yobu = yonde
February 7, 2011
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