Post Reply Red: Kanji and Romanji difference
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Posted 6/9/08 , edited 6/9/08
Hi, I've watched anime for a long time and just started learning to write Japanese. I was wondering, why is the kanji for red ka + a but the romanji is akai? Why is the i missing in the kanji?
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Posted 10/10/08
akai is the basic adjective for red, however in japanese conjugation it can end up as akakute (kute is similar to english's and but used exclusively for adjectives) akakunai(negative ending,kunai = not, ie not red), or wateva, in other words the i at the end isnt always around, hence when you write the word using kanji, it is written aka(kanji)+i(hiragana) the i can be substituted for various endings depending on wat sentence you re making, japanese grammar depends on these endings to make sense, unlike english's adjectives which just use extra words.
i hope that explains it for you, but if you really want to go further, you ll need to buy a book.
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