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A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order

Having trouble figuring out the stroke order for Japanese characters? Whether you're using hiragana, katakana, or kanji, these tips from Japanese teacher Karou N. will help you learn the correct stroke order for Japanese characters... There are three types of characters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana is used for basic writing. Katakana looks similar to hiragana, but is slightly different in function. Kanji was originally invented in ancient China from … Read More

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order
Having trouble figuring out the stroke order for Japanese characters? Whether you're using hiragana, katakana, or kanji, these tips from Japanese teacher Karou N. will help you learn the correct stroke order for Japanese characters... There are three types of characters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana is used for basic writing. Katakana looks similar to hiragana, but is slightly different in function. Kanji was originally invented in ancient China from
4 Qualities to Look for in a Japanese Teacher
Whether you're looking for a Japanese teacher for yourself or for your son or daughter, there are certain criteria you should consider. Here, language teacher Carol Beth L. shares her tips to help you find an effective Japanese teacher.... As you're looking for a Japanese teacher, remember—not every teacher will be the right fit. Some teachers are able to work with a wide range of students, while others prefer to work with certain types of students. No single teacher is a perfect fit for ev
15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (with audio)
It’s time to make your Japanese vocabulary POP! In this article, Japanese teacher Yo’el E. will take you through 15 Japanese Onomatopoeias that are even more fun to say than they look…   What Are Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common i
5 Simple Rules For Japanese Pronunciation
Japanese pronunciation can be difficult for beginners, but these tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. can help you understand some of the basic rules. My mother is Japanese, my father is American, and both of them are bilingual. As such, I grew up bilingual and became aware of accents at an early age. I could hear who had trouble with what, and as I started studying languages and diction, I began to understand why. Whether or not you speak Japanese, there are some quick adjustment
Language Lessons vs. Self Study: Can You Teach Yourself Japanese?
Is it possible to teach yourself Japanese? While the best way to learn a language is always a private teacher or tutor, there are some things you can do at home to learn the basics. Here, language teacher Carol Beth L. weighs the pros and cons of Japanese lessons vs. teaching yourself. Can you teach yourself Japanese? The simple answer is, yes. Like many new skills, given the right tools, some people can teach themselves. I have known people who have taught themselves Japanese—or another

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