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Japanese, intro past Hiragana

I'm a week into this project. Loving this, so first, thanks for those that created this learning tool! So I finished the lessons for hiragana. Well, finished is an overstatement, as I'm only comfortable with the first two lesson packets, getting the third, and the fourth, well, I have a ways to go...

Anyways, I checked out the first lesson on 'Intro'. Here I'm being taught new symbols that represent letters I previously learned in the hiragana lessons.

What are these? Will they replace what I previously learned?

Thanks in advance!

February 26, 2018



Japanese has 3 writing systems Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Katakana is used for words of foreign languages in Japanese and the writing of "loan words". Katakana is usually used for country names, foreign places, and foreign personal names so it wont be replacing the old symbols but katakana will have most if not all the same sounds as Hiragana


Just to clarify, all Katakana characters have exactly the same sounds as their Hiragana counterpart :)


I was startled to be presented with entirely different symbols for sounds I knew, too. I knew there were 3 writing systems, but hadn't realised two followed the same set of sounds.

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