Are you ready to study Japanese?
Oh yes, studying foreign language is really fun. Let
me start introducing basic Japanese writing System.
To be honest, this is the most tough part whan you study
Japanese I guess because basically, there are three
kinds of characters in Japanese: hiragana,
and kanji. No, No, please come back! It is not that
The picture above says "I love Idaho." This sentence includes
three types of characters.
Hiragana & Katakana
Two of the three are syllabic. They are called hiragana
and consist of fairly simple characters used to represent
syllables.There are fourty-six basic hiragana syllables.
The pronunciation of katakana and its combinations are
the same as those of hiragana (there are a few excetion).
Katakana characters are more angular than their hiragana
counterparts and are used for words of foreign origin,
emphasis and a whole bunch of swearwords. Onece you
memorize the chart, you will have the skill to transcribe
all of the Japanese sounds.
However, the third alphabet, kanji, ...... are more
complicated and difficult. It was imported over the
centuries from China. The pictograms are typically (much)
more complex than Hiragana and Katakana. Furthermore,
Kanji has different readings and meanings depending
on how they're combined with other kanji. They represent
ideas or words rather than syllables, although of course
hiragana or katakana could be used to spell out the
How is that? It is really hard right? hahaha....