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06-03-2008, 01:43 PM
Ok here is my deal. This time next year I will graduate from Troy university and transfer to Columbus State University to take and learn Japanese fluently. Out of the three writing styles Kanji, Katakana, and Hiragana which should I learn first? Yea as some say it would be better to actually go to the country and spend a year or so to better understand the language and the people, but don’t quite have the money for that.
06-03-2008, 01:51 PM
are you trying to hit me with that year in japan thing you said......anyway since I hear much about it I would suggest either Kanji or Hiragana.....can you give me info on Katakana
06-03-2008, 02:17 PM
First, learn hiragana. it is primary writing system generally used for japanese words. it has 41 characters that represent 41 syllables. Then, learn Katakana. it is the secondary writing system used for foreign words. it is the same 41 syllables, but they are written differently. so thats 82 characters you memorize and ur set. It is almost impossible to learn all of Kanji as there are over 1600 characters. this is because Kanji is chinese characters. People generally start learning simple kanjis in junction with Hiragana/Katakana to build their kanji vocabulary early.
examples of when to use hiragana and katakana: Ohayo (good morning). it is a japanese word, so the hiraganas for O, Ha, and Yo would be written.
words like Remon (lemon) or Orenji (orange) are foreign and are written in Katakana. Re, Mo, N. and O, Re , N, Ji.
Many animes and video game titles are written in katakana.
sorry i cant type out what they look like, my computer cannot read or write japanese.
06-03-2008, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the info thats exaclty what I was looking to hear
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