Basic Japanese

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Japanese is a wide-spread East Asian language with more than 128 million speakers around the world. It’s the national language of Japan, but it’s also spoken in Korea, the US, and Brazil primarily because of the significant immigrant communities.

Many language learners believe that learning Japanese is significantly more difficult than learning any other language. In fact, every language learning journey takes a lot of effort and hard work on your part. But it doesn’t mean that you have to give up mastering your skills as learning a new language opens up opportunities for both your personal and professional growth. And learning Japanese is not an exception.

The best way to learn Japanese is to start your journey by learning the alphabet. There are 3 basic writing systems you need to learn to be able to read Japanese: Higarana, Katakana, and Kanji.

  • Higarana
  • The ability to read Higarana is crucial for all beginners. Higarana is primarily used for native Japanese words and consists of 46 characters or 51 phonetic characters. It’s the key to understanding how and why Japanese words sound the way they do.

  • Katakana
  • Katakana is used to stand for non-Japanese or loan words such as technical and scientific terms, names of plants and animals, etc. Katakana can give you more trouble than Hiragana as it won’t be so frequently used, especially at the very beginning of your language learning journey.

  • Kanji
  • kanji is one of the most critical aspects of learning Japanese as knowing some basic Kanji will enable you to understand, speak and write basic Japanese. Kanji consists of thousands of Chinese symbols that stand for Japanese words and phrases.

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