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Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji

When learning Japanese you're introduced to several writing systems, including hiragana, katakana, kanji, and finally - romaji. Romaji simply means "Roman characters." You will typically use romaji when you type out Japanese sentences using a keyboard. "Romaji is the representation of Japanese sounds using the western, 26-letter alphabet," says Donald Ash, creator of TheJapanGuy.com. "Romaji puts Japanese into a format that most Westerners can read and understand." Although romaji i … Read More

Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Romaji
When learning Japanese you're introduced to several writing systems, including hiragana, katakana, kanji, and finally - romaji. Romaji simply means "Roman characters." You will typically use romaji when you type out Japanese sentences using a keyboard. "Romaji is the representation of Japanese sounds using the western, 26-letter alphabet," says Donald Ash, creator of TheJapanGuy.com. "Romaji puts Japanese into a format that most Westerners can read and understand." Although romaji i
75 Free Resources for Learning Spanish Online
As you study Spanish, it's smart to take advantage of as many different resources as you can! Luckily, many of the online options are totally free and easy to use. Continue reading to find out the tutor-approved recommendations from instructor Sara T...   If you've stumbled upon this post, you've probably already decided to learn Spanish -- that's great! Now, you probably need some direction on where to begin. The World Wide Web offers an infinite number of resources that can help
Is Japanese Hard to Learn? Find out the Truth
Learning any new language can seem difficult at first. If you're feeling apprehensive about learning Japanese, these tips from language tutor Carol Beth L. can help. Is Japanese hard to learn? Many people say so. I believe the answer can be yes or no—or both—depending on the individual. Japanese is often said to be a logical language that does not have anywhere near the whimsical inconsistencies or notorious exceptions of languages like English or French. English, in fact, can be very
15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (With Audio)
What Are Japanese 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 in many, if not all languages. We tend to notice them most in comics as sound effects: zippers "zip" and light switches "click." They're fun to say and they certainly aren't hard to learn.
5 Most Common Italian Pronunciation Mistakes
Do you want to speak like an Italian native? Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. shares the five most common Italian pronunciation mistakes and how to avoid them... Italian is a relatively phonetic language, which means that almost each grapheme corresponds to a singular phoneme. In other words, the Italian language is spoken as it is written. Thanks to this characteristic of the language, it is easy to learn proper Italian pronunciation just by knowing the alphabet. However, there are st

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