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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanasukeKaneki

Japanese alphabet

I think it would be best to teach yourself the Japanese alphabet, before going on to words for conversation, because this alphabet will help you better understand the concept of the Japanese language and conversation.

April 15, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

For those who are interested but don't know the writing, here are Hiragana and Katakana charts

Hiragana

Katakana

Key:

  • "a" as in father

  • "i" as in teeth

  • "u" as in food

  • "e" as in egg

  • "o" as in mole

  • Japanese "r" is a cross between English "r" and "l"

  • Everything else as written

These are the Kana. As for Kanji.... well, good luck on the basic 2,000-something. XD (Technically there are as many Kanji as there are Chinese characters, but Japanese only have to learn about 2,150)

As for my status, I can read Hiragana, I'm learning Katakana, and I know 10 Kanji from memory (Moon, Sun, Bright, One, Two, Three, Small, Tree, Woods and Forest)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/germanwannabee

Wow. That's incredible.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HerobrineUXE

amazing. thanks dragon!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nabwebwe

Thank you very much, this is so helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaptivaDraper

Thank you SO much for this information. The pronunciations helped me out a lot more. I've always wanted to learn the language a little faster, and this definitely helps a ton. Thanks again!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/omfgsoul

wow thank you!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DecioAvila

Muito bom!!! Obrigado! Muito útil.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi

This is a good site to learn Hiragana (there is a Katakana version too) http://www.tofugu.com/japanese/learn-hiragana/


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carloscids

Thanks for the link! this is actually a quite effective method


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elysiian_

There are three alphabets, the first two, Hiragana and Katakana, are the easiest and don't take very long to learn. The third one, Kanji, is very difficult and uses Chinese characters.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Szaty

Hiragana and Katakana are not aphabets, they're syllabaries. Kanji are adopted logograms from Chinese (or maybe morphograms but anyways).

In an alphabet, each character represents a foneme, like in Latin where "p" represents /p/ (in a broad sense, but still remaining the relation character-sound).

In a syllabary, each character represents a syllable, so it's quite self-explanatory. Like in Hiragana where "も" represents /mo/ (actually Japanese syllabaries are moraic, but at least it's not just character-phoneme).

In a logogram, each character represents a word or phrase (more as a concept rather than a sound), like in Chinese where "木" represents something like a tree or wood.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

I've always found Kanji/Hanzi to be pretty much a brick wall, it's sad that it is so impenetrable to the wider world.

This can be helpful though: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ipa-furigana/jnnbgnfnncobhklficfkdnclohaklifi?hl=en


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanasukeKaneki

but if it seems as a brick wall, try grabbing a blank notebook, write down what you have trouble with and keep practicing. PERFECT practice makes perfect.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

どうもありがとう....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanasukeKaneki

それは失礼なようであれば、あなたの歓迎は、申し訳ありません...完璧な練習は完璧なものになります...しかし、それは常に...本当だ私のために動作します。


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply you were being rude... sometimes I forget being born in Britain, my blood cells are comprised of 80% sarcasm, it's hard to tone it down on occasion :)

As for what I originally mean though, I wasn't trying to say you can't learn Japanese or Chinese if you stick to it, it's just that in my experience, it is that much harder than other languages for the simple reason that there are so many glyphs to memorise. I can actually remember quite a lot, and yet I still feel like I haven't even scratched the surface. I guess you have to have a certain degree of stubbornness.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanasukeKaneki

しかし、私は...だけでなく練習しておくことをお勧めしていただきありがとうございます、美しいこと


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanasukeKaneki

oh sorry...im british too, and I've been here in america a long time, so i understand...i can be very sarcastic myself swell and it's finally nice to know that I'm not the only brit here in duolingo. ^-^


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanasukeKaneki

Thank you to all of you. Arigato.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duochromophobia

There are more Japanese symbols than my fingers and toes combined.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanasukeKaneki

true, but remember, you always want to start with the easiest and then the hardest, along with also remembering the characters and trying to use them to create words, and if it seems overwhelming to remember all of them, get a notebook and write it down. it is very good to want to try to study an alphabet to any language before trying to learn hoe to make words and conversation out of that language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanasukeKaneki

i will soon add a picture of a Japanese alphabet, once i figure out how you guys even put pictures and gifs on discussion pages. ( -_-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/germanwannabee

This is how you do it:

*first type an !

*then make two brackets []

*then put the link to your photo in parentheses (www.ThisIsNotARealLink.com/notarealphoto/notareallink)

*When you post the comment or discussion it will display the photo

The photo needs to be from Imgur for it to work.

NOTE: are no spaces between the exclamation mark, brackets and parenthesis


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeleeNess23

If you don't know how to paste images, you can just link them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anime_Girl1738

i'm new to this whole learning japanese thing but atleast i'm trying!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moqa_

Me too! I just took this test to quiz what I have learned in the past three days! http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/index.html Hopefully someone can benefit from it like I did!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/takidesu

The Hiragana is not so difficult to learn, i learned it in 6 moths 10 years ago, even if i forgotten some letters now


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DayanaAlan

i agree because just learning the words aint gonna help you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GavinHobart

What is the difference between Hiragana and Katakana?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/noomar14

Katakana is used mainly for representing foreign names and vocab while, hirigana is used for mainly representing grammatical elements and native words not written in kanji. Hope this gives you some clarification on the differences between the two.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KPOP_ANIMEwEIRDO

True LOVE YOUR NAME KANEKI KEN


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel706070

Thank you~! This helped a lot!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZeroOne400548

Duolingo has a Japanese alphabet feature for Teachers only if you're interested

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