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口 and 川口

May 2014

Is there a method or pattern, or perhaps a word that explains what this concept is? What I mean to say is... 口 has a kun'yomi reading of くち and when I first learned 川口 ... I expected it to read as かわくち . So what is this rule, or concept that is happening here? Why is it pronounced かわぐち? Do many words do this? Or only some? Is there a rule you can follow to know when this happens? Or do you simply have to memorize it?

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