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The Different Types of Rōmaji

When first starting out in Japanese, the best thing one can do is to learn Kana as soon as possible. Despite missing some key features of pronunciation such as pitch accent, … 1,045 more words

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Writing System - Kanji

The third and final script used in Japanese is Kanji. The word Kanji itself means Chinese Characters. Kanji are a system of logograms that were originally borrowed from China and retrofitted to meet the needs of the Japanese language. 1,421 more words

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Writing System - Katakana

The second Japanese script is Katakana, a syllabary that functions almost identically to Hiragana. There are 46 basic characters used in modern writing, as well as 2 archaic characters ヰ(wi) and ヱ (we) for a total of 48 characters. 202 more words

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Writing System - Hiragana

As mentioned in the introduction, the first of the three Japanese scripts is Hiragana, a phonetic script called a syllabary where each character represents a whole syllable. 830 more words

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Writing System - Introduction

The Japanese writing system is unique in that it is composed of 3 distinct scripts that are mixed together. These three scripts are called Hiragana… 589 more words

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As "Easy" as ABC

Writing systems can be just as hard to come up with as the language itself, so here are a few tips for doing it right. 1,003 more words