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Posted 3/29/08 , edited 3/29/08
Japanese for Beginners


Hiragana

Katakana

Kanji

Audio Phrasebook

Grammar/Expressions

Introductory Japanese

Simple Japanese Phrases


(( Hiragana ))

Lesson 1
Japanese writing systems

There are 46 hiragana characters for 46 different sounds. Hiragana are used for expressing "grammatical" elements such as particles, and endings of adjectives and verbs which show tenses, etc. Kanji are used for expressing "meaningful" elements such as nouns and stems of adjectives and verbs.

It is possible to write entire Japanese sentences in hiragana. If an adult forgets certain kanji which are rarely used, he/she may substitute hiragana for them. Since the basic 46 hiragana symbols and some modifications of the suffice for all Japanese sounds, Japanese children start to read and write Japanese all in hiragana before making an attempt to learn some of the two thousand kanji currently used.

Hiragana Chart

Japanese is written in a combination of three scripts: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Kanji represents ideas or objects, hiragana expresses the grammatical relationships between them. Katakana is used for words of foreign origin. Like romaji, both hiragana and katakana characters represent one syllable and have no meaning other than the representation of sound. Though Japanese is usually written in a combination of three scripts, Japanese sentences can be written in either hiragana or katakana only. I think learning hiragana and katakana is a good start for Japanese writing.

I will show 46 basic hiragana characters this time, and in the following lessons I will introduce how to write them.



Hiragana Lessons


How to Write Hiragana (1)



How to Write Hiragana (2)



How to Write Hiragana (3)



How to Write Hiragana (4)



How to Write Hiragana (5)



How to Write Hiragana (6)



How to Write Hiragana (7)



How to Write Hiragana (8)



How to Write Hiragana (9)



How to Write Hiragana (10)

There are no Japanese words that begin with the hiragana character "n." When "o" is used as a particle, the "o" character (shown below) is used.



How to Write Hiragana (11):
contracted hiragana chart




How to Write Hiragana (12):
two dashes or one circle hiragana


The Japanese put two dashes or one circle on the top right hand corner of some Hiragana, so that they can represent more sounds. When added to the symbols, the pronunciation changes.



How to Write Hiragana (13): Greetings




Hiragana Review (1): Seasons



Hiragana Review (2):
The Four Points of the Compass




Hiragana Review (3): Colors

Posted 3/31/08
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Posted 3/31/08
i meant copyed^^
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I love it. I want to learn how to read and write Kanji, But i don't know if i can do it. I mean I can speak japanese a little bit and write it, but it's in Romaji or something like this. Imadoki nara, waratte Let's go. Meaning It's today so laugh and Let's go. Help me learn kanji please. i'm taking a semester course at my school. In 10th grdae, an they only teach knaji, and stuff like that.
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Posted 4/3/08
this freeking gooddddd....arigato gozaimasu
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the symbols arent there...
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Posted 4/11/08
its very nice...arigato gozaimasu
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Posted 4/24/08
i want to learn how to speak and listen to japanese
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Posted 4/29/08
You can get some more help learning japanese language here:

http://www.learn-japanese-kanji-hiragana-katakana.com/

http://learn-to-speak-japanese.blogspot.com/

http://japanese.about.com/?once=true& (newsletter where you can hear the pronunciations).

http://www.easyjapanese.org/

http://www.oop-ack.com/manga/soundfx.html

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Posted 4/30/08
ya the symbols arent there sob cannot see anything
Posted 6/3/08
yeah..the symbols aren't appearing.....
it's so hard to understand
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Posted 6/5/08
i would really like to join this group but i cant see the join button. is this group restricted?
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Posted 6/10/08
ya the symbols r not there..
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