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The Best Way to Learn the Japanese Alphabet

The Best Way to Learn the Japanese Alphabet

Want to know the best way to learn the Japanese alphabet? Here, language teacher Elaina R. offers some effective tips and tricks to help you learn the fundamentals of the Japanese language... In the United States, we learn our ABCs. In Japan, children learn their ?????s. Even though Japanese can be difficult to read and write, learning the basic Japanese alphabet isn't as hard as you think. The Japanese Writing System Written Japanese has two components: kana and kanji. Kana is easier t … Read More

The Best Way to Learn the Japanese Alphabet
Want to know the best way to learn the Japanese alphabet? Here, language teacher Elaina R. offers some effective tips and tricks to help you learn the fundamentals of the Japanese language... In the United States, we learn our ABCs. In Japan, children learn their ?????s. Even though Japanese can be difficult to read and write, learning the basic Japanese alphabet isn't as hard as you think. The Japanese Writing System Written Japanese has two components: kana and kanji. Kana is easier t
Believe it or Not: 16 Bizarre Japanese Superstitions
Every culture has its own set of legends, myths, and superstitions, and Japan is no exception. Japanese culture dates all the way back to 35,000 BC., and so do some Japanese urban legends. From good luck omens to supernatural animals, here are 16 bizarre Japanese superstitions. Inanimate Objects Have Spirits Japanese Buddhists believe that inanimate objects, like dolls, have spirits. There are a number of Japanese stories about dolls or other inanimate objects coming to life. Jap
The 9 Most Popular Kanji Tattoos
When you're taking Japanese lessons, you will be introduced to the three different writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Although kanji is generally considered the most difficult to learn, because of the symbols, it's the most popular writing system among non-Japanese speakers. Kanji consists of thousands of characters which were derived from the Chinese writing system. Because of the way they look, and the fact that they can convey a meaningful message in a limited amount of ch
The Ultimate Guide to Major Japanese Dialects
If you live in the United States, you’ve probably noticed that someone from New Jersey doesn’t speak the same way as someone from California. This is because of dialects, or forms of language developed and used in specific regions. These dialects differ not only in accent but in vocabulary, grammatical structure, and slang (from “y’all” in the South to “hella” in Northern California). The same is true in Japan. A majority of Japanese students are familiar with the type of Japanese spo
Japanese Vocabulary: 11 Mealtime Words & Expressions
Food is an essential part of life and a central part of any culture. Japan is well known for its sushi, curries, soups, noodles, and more. Japan's penchant for courtesy and respect also plays a part in the country's mealtime expressions. Here are some Japanese vocabulary terms you can use during meal times. 1) Gohan (meal) hiragana: ??? kanji: ?? This term literally refers to the white rice that plays a big role in most meals. Over the years, it has become understood in context to refe

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