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vertigoSaturday 04th of December 2004 05:45:00 AM
Hello! - Hello, my name is John, I'm 17 and I'm from the UK. Hajimemashite.

I'm new to Japanese, starting by familiarizing myself with Japanese sentence order, particles and Katakana. (I was advised to learn Katakana before Hiragana.)

I'm new to this site, but I've already found alot of information here that'll help me with my studies.

Any pointers you guys could give me along the way would be much appreciated.

Also, I'd appreciate it if anyone could help me find out how to display Japanese text on my computer, preferably through means not requiring money, as I'm utterly penniless and have no access to a credit card or paypal.

Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself, and I hope to get to know you guys.

John
op1Saturday 04th of December 2004 05:58:19 AM
- Hi!

7 years ago I studied Japanese at the university. In one year we learned so much, that we could write letters in Japanese. But the first thing we learned was hiragana. I think start with katakana is bad idea. Because katakana is used only to write the foreign words - which came to Japan from the other parts of the world.

Bye, Olga.
PsySunday 05th of December 2004 10:26:45 PM
- I'd agree on learning hiragana first, though it's wise to get them both under your belt immediately. Regarding Japanese text, it depends on your computer. Without knowing specifics, I can do little more than direct you [url=http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/japanese.html#links_japancomp]here[/url]. Hope you can find what you're looking for.