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ngmm said ()

isn't it more like kernel?

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Wahaha OP said ()

Yes, but then why is the 'e' in kernel pronounced like the 'o' in colonel?

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ngmm said ()

Heh, good point. But to be fair, the Japanese writing system also has its fair share of weirdness with the seemingly random readings of Kanji based on context, so things like this are possible... honestly, both languages have awful writing systems that often hardly reflect the actual pronunciation of words.

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Wahaha OP said ()

All languages have some shenanigans like that, but I think English is one of the few that can't decide how letters are supposed to be pronounced. Alternative meaning of the same word, like the bank to sit and the bank to put money in are one thing, but this is way worse: https://ramble.pw/f/funny/2809/the-worst-alphabet-book-ever

For Asian characters it is the norm to have many ways to read them and even different meanings depending on context, but then this happens in English, too. A whole lot, it seems: http://www.english-for-students.com/Heteronyms.html

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