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Valobam8815Wednesday 01st of September 2004 05:34:39 PM
Japanese ABC - Do the Japanese use letters like we do in America or do they use symbols? I have seen most japanese sites using symbols, can someone help me understand this?
KasumiiWednesday 01st of September 2004 06:18:37 PM
- The Japanese Language has 3 basic alaphabets, (four, if you include romanji, our standard 26-letter alphabet.) These are called Kanji, Katakana, and Hiragana. Kanji are the symbols that basicsally come from the Chinese language. Most of them are the same symbol as in Chinese, only said differently. Kanji is used to represent whole words rather than syllables, like with Kana (Hiragana and Katakana).
Kana is broken into two groups: Hiragana and Katakana, as I've said before. Both Hiragana and Katakana consist of basic voiced & unvoiced symbols, as well as compound voiced and unvoiced symbols. (voiced is when you see a little circle or two dashes in the upper right hand corner.) They both have the same syllables, so whats the point of learning them? Hiragana is used for pronouncing real japanese words, such as ringo, aka, etc. They are also used as adjective and verb stems for Kanji. Katakana is different. Katakana is used to write and pronounce words that have made it to the Japanese language one way or the other, and are a bit more angular than the Hiragana. Words in Katakana are usually very easy to spot, read, and understand. For example, there's intaneeto, hambaagaa, and orenjijuuzu. For most, those should have been easy to identify as internet, hamberger, and orange juice. Then we have Romanji, which is very easy to learn. You already know it. Romanji is our standard 26 letter alphabet, used to subtitle words in airports, anime, etc. Whenever you use the english alphabet to write out a word in Japanese, thats using romanji. .... Well, I hope that cleared it up a bit for you. If you need anything more please just ask ;)
zarkannThursday 02nd of September 2004 04:54:25 AM
- Wow.. thats was well explained :P you can't have a better explication of the Japanese writing valo !


Paul8Friday 24th of September 2004 02:20:02 PM
The Japanese Syllabary - Japanese doesn't use an alphabet it uses a syllabary. A syllabary is an organization of characters, where each character is a syllable. Its similar to an alphabet but the concept is different. Here's the Japanese syllabary.
Hiragana:
あ い う え お ( a i u e o )
か き く け こ きゃ きゅ きょ(ka ki ku ke ko kya kyu kyo)
が ぎ ぐ げ ご ぎゃ ぎゅ ぎょ(ga gi gu ge go gya gyu gyo)
さ し す せ そ しゃ しゅ しょ(sa shi su se so sha shu sho)
ざ じ ず ぜ ぞ じゃ じゅ じょ(dza ji dzu dze dzo ja ju jo)
た ち つ て と ちゃ ちゅ ちょ(ta chi tsu te to cha chu cho)
だ ぢ づ で ど ぢゃ ぢゅ ぢょ(da ji dzu de do ja ju jo)
な に ぬ ね の にゃ にゅ にょ(na ni nu ne no nya nyu nyo)
は ひ ふ へ ほ ひゃ ひゅ ひょ(ha hi fu he ho hya hyu hyo)
ば び ぶ べ ぼ びゃ びゅ びょ(ba bi bu be bo bya byu byo)
ぱ ぴ ぷ ぺ ぽ ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ(pa pi pu pe po pya pyu pyo)
ま み む め も みゃ みゅ みょ(ma mi mu me mo mya myu myo)
や ゆ よ (ya yu yo)
ら り る れ ろ りゃ りゅ りょ(ra ri ru re ro rya ryu ryo)
わ ゐ ゑ を (wa wi we wo)
ん ( n' )

Katakana
ア イ ウ エ オ ( a i u e o )
カ キ ク ケ コ キャ キュ キョ(ka ki ku ke ko kya kyu kyo)
ガ ギ グ ゲ ゴ ギャ ギュ ギョ(ga gi gu ge go gya gyu gyo)
サ シ ス セ ソ シャ シュ ショ(sa shi su se so sha shu sho)
ザ ジ ズ ゼ ゾ ジャ ジュ ジョ(dza ji dzu dze dzo ja ju jo)
タ チ ツ テ ト チャ チュ チョ(ta chi tsu te to cha chu cho)
ダ ヂ ヅ デ ド ヂャ ヂュ ヂョ(da ji dzu de do ja ju jo)
ナ ニ ヌ ネ ノ ニャ ニュ ニョ(na ni nu ne no nya nyu nyo)
ハ ヒ フ ヘ ホ ヒャ ヒュ ヒョ(ha hi fu he ho hya hyu hyo)
バ ビ ブ ベ ボ ビャ ビュ ビョ(ba bi bu be bo bya byu byo)
パ ピ プ ペ ポ ピャ ピュ ピョ(pa pi pu pe po pya pyu pyo)
マ ミ ム メ モ ミャ ミュ ミョ(ma mi mu me mo mya myu myo)
ヤ ユ ヨ (ya yu yo)
ラ リ ル レ ロ リャ リュ リョ(ra ri ru re ro rya ryu ryo)
ワ ヰ ヱ ヲ (wa wi we wo)
ン ( n' )