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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
The 5 Best Korean Books for Language Students
When you're taking Korean lessons, it's great to have some study materials to supplement your learning. Here Korean teacher Keulin H. shares the best books to help you learn how to speak Korean... Interested in learning Korean, but not sure where to start?  A comprehensive, thorough Korean book can help you learn the basics. Because Korean pronunciation is quite different than English, it's essential to enlist the help of a Korean language teacher. If you can, try to find someone who is
Words of Wisdom: 10 Well-Known Korean Idioms
Every language has certain expressions that have deeper meanings. When you're taking Korean lessons, it can be fun to learn these Korean expressions. Here, Paradise Valley, AZ teacher Hannah V. teaches you 10 Korean idioms... Idioms are both puzzling and interesting, and sometimes even profound. Read on to find out the true meaning behind 10 well-known Korean idioms. ?: Shot, ?: Abbreviation of ?? (arrow), ??: Like This Korean phrase means that someone or something is super fast.
31 German Vocabulary Words and Phrases for the Summer [Infographic]
The summer is fast approaching. Below, German teacher Noel S. shares some common German vocabulary words and phrases associated with summer. Practice these words and phrases throughout the summer, and come fall, you'll have a long list of vocabulary words memorized... For many people, summer ranks as the best season of the year. After all, what's better than sunshine, BBQs, and fun outdoor activities? Just because school is no longer in session, however, doesn't mean that you can let your Ger
10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)
Famous Japanese quotes, sayings, and idioms are fun for beginners to learn and practice. You're probably already familiar with the many idioms in English, such as "Don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Using such phrases in everyday conversation will help you sound like a native Japanese speaker, but you have to be sure you're using them in the right context and setting. Here, we'll share 10 famous Japanese quotes and the meanings behind

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