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    Red face The 3 alphabets of Japanese.

    As we all know Japanese has 3 alphabets:


    Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji: Defining Differences

    Hiragana and katakana, collectively referred to by the generic term kanamoji, are both syllabic alphabets of 47 characters, each of which represents a sound. Some of the characters between the two alphabets even represent the exact same sounds and look quite similar to one another.

    The major difference between hiragana and katakana is the fact that hiragana is primarily used to represent Japanese words, while katakana represents foreign words. Japanese is a language with many borrowed words, and katakana immediately alerts the reader to the fact that the word is an imported one.

    Kanji is the major alphabet of the Japanese language, consisting of more than 8,000 characters, each of which represents an abstract concept, general word or name. By combining individual kanji characters, it’s possible to create phrases in the sense that English language speakers would.

    What makes kanji so tricky is the fact that a single kanji character can have multiple meanings. Readers must rely on the context and familiarity with the language to determine which meaning is the intended one. Kanji can also have multiple pronunciations; in some cases, syllabic hiragana characters are placed above kanji in order to indicate pronunciation. When used toward this purpose, hiragana is referred to as furigana.
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    Last edited by Akemi; 10-08-2014 at 06:17 PM.

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    Also i'd reccomend this site to learn japanese alphabets,it's simple and very useful (at least for me)

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    After learning all the three alphabets of Japanese you need to go the next level and that is to build vocabulary with Japanese. So here is one of the tool to help you out, Yomuzoku.

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    It is difficult to start learning Japanese

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