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Posted 9/30/08

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日本語がすごいですね、日本語が学んでいます、でも、僕の日本語は悪いですよ、ごめなさい。

でも、先生をできます、少し。

Translation for anyone who cant read that lol.
Japanese is cool, Im studying right now, but, my Japanese is bad, sorry.

But, I can be a teacher, a lil bit.


mm ok.. its read nihongo ga sugoidesune, nihongo ga gakundeimasu, demo, watashi no nihongo wa [some katakana i havent learnt yet]idesuyo, gomenasai.
and basically it means japanese is amaseing isnt it, i study japanese, but, i cant speek it verry well, very sorry. (i think) correct me if im wrong.

Close. :)

Literally it means -> Japanese cool is, studying Japanese right not, but, my Japanese bad is, sorry.
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Posted 10/3/08
I just want to ask,

if you want to write something, is it ok to combine hiragana and katakana characters in a word (let's say in my name, they are some symbols i'm more familiar with hiragana while some are from katakana) ...

or its a rule that it must be uniform - if i started with hiragana/ katakana then i must finish it with also what i started?

Thanks!
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I just want to ask,

if you want to write something, is it ok to combine hiragana and katakana characters in a word (let's say in my name, they are some symbols i'm more familiar with hiragana while some are from katakana) ...

or its a rule that it must be uniform - if i started with hiragana/ katakana then i must finish it with also what i started?

Thanks!

Ok, first off, you dont use hiragana with katakana in the same word, lets say, hajimemashite:

hiragana:
はじメまシテ - wrong, this uses both hiragana and katakana

はじめまして - correct, it has all hiragana

katakana:
アめリか - wrong, uses both hiragana and katakana

アメリカ - right, all katakana

Basically, you cant use both katakana and hiragana in one word, use katakana for foreign words and hiragana for native Japanese words or to use with kanji, but dont use them both in a word. I would suggest learning hiragana fluently and katakana fluently, before writing, get a cheat sheet from the internet and practice writing sentences, and check the kana to see if you get them right.
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Posted 10/4/08

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unknown_1 wrote:

I just want to ask,

if you want to write something, is it ok to combine hiragana and katakana characters in a word (let's say in my name, they are some symbols i'm more familiar with hiragana while some are from katakana) ...

or its a rule that it must be uniform - if i started with hiragana/ katakana then i must finish it with also what i started?

Thanks!

Ok, first off, you dont use hiragana with katakana in the same word, lets say, hajimemashite:

hiragana:
はじメまシテ - wrong, this uses both hiragana and katakana

はじめまして - correct, it has all hiragana

katakana:
アめリか - wrong, uses both hiragana and katakana

アメリカ - right, all katakana

Basically, you cant use both katakana and hiragana in one word, use katakana for foreign words and hiragana for native Japanese words or to use with kanji, but dont use them both in a word. I would suggest learning hiragana fluently and katakana fluently, before writing, get a cheat sheet from the internet and practice writing sentences, and check the kana to see if you get them right.


i see i see,,,,
thanks for the clarification!

yosh!

i'll start studying both then....

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teach us kanji!! i know hiragana and katakana, i studied on the internet like 4 months ago.

the website is:

japanese.about.com

oh and like what they said up there, katakana is for words of foreign decent. like

ハンバーガー which is read hanbaagaa(hamburger)

and hiragana:

だいすき which is read daisuki (i like you)
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Posted 10/8/08

unknown_1 wrote:

I just want to ask,

if you want to write something, is it ok to combine hiragana and katakana characters in a word (let's say in my name, they are some symbols i'm more familiar with hiragana while some are from katakana) ...

or its a rule that it must be uniform - if i started with hiragana/ katakana then i must finish it with also what i started?

Thanks!


when i asked my friend to write my name in japanese, she wrote it in katakana because it was a foriegn name. so i think you're name should be written using katakana characters only.
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unknown_1 wrote:

I just want to ask,

if you want to write something, is it ok to combine hiragana and katakana characters in a word (let's say in my name, they are some symbols i'm more familiar with hiragana while some are from katakana) ...

or its a rule that it must be uniform - if i started with hiragana/ katakana then i must finish it with also what i started?

Thanks!


when i asked my friend to write my name in japanese, she wrote it in katakana because it was a foriegn name. so i think you're name should be written using katakana characters only.


thanks... so in short, jap words are written in hiragana symbols while foreign words are written in katakana symbols?!
do i get it right?


thanks for clearing that up!
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Posted 10/9/08 , edited 10/9/08

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eloraong wrote:


unknown_1 wrote:

I just want to ask,

if you want to write something, is it ok to combine hiragana and katakana characters in a word (let's say in my name, they are some symbols i'm more familiar with hiragana while some are from katakana) ...

or its a rule that it must be uniform - if i started with hiragana/ katakana then i must finish it with also what i started?

Thanks!


when i asked my friend to write my name in japanese, she wrote it in katakana because it was a foriegn name. so i think you're name should be written using katakana characters only.


thanks... so in short, jap words are written in hiragana symbols while foreign words are written in katakana symbols?!
do i get it right?


thanks for clearing that up!


yea basically like that; but sometimes japanese words like konpyuutaa(computer) are still derived from foreign words so it has to be written in katakana.

examples:
koohii(coffee) is written コーヒー
sakka(soccer) is written サッカー
naifu(knife) is written ナイフ


so yea, you get the drill, right?

:)
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Posted 10/9/08

eloraong wrote:


unknown_1 wrote:


eloraong wrote:


unknown_1 wrote:

I just want to ask,

if you want to write something, is it ok to combine hiragana and katakana characters in a word (let's say in my name, they are some symbols i'm more familiar with hiragana while some are from katakana) ...

or its a rule that it must be uniform - if i started with hiragana/ katakana then i must finish it with also what i started?

Thanks!


when i asked my friend to write my name in japanese, she wrote it in katakana because it was a foriegn name. so i think you're name should be written using katakana characters only.


thanks... so in short, jap words are written in hiragana symbols while foreign words are written in katakana symbols?!
do i get it right?


thanks for clearing that up!


yea basically like that; but sometimes japanese words like konpyuutaa(computer) are still derived from foreign words so it has to be written in katakana.

examples:
koohii(coffee) is written コーヒー
sakka(soccer) is written サッカー
naifu(knife) is written ナイフ


so yea, you get the drill, right?

:)


yeah! thanks a lot!
haha, now i think i'm more inspired to study japanese.
thanks for all the clarification!

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Posted 10/9/08

unknown_1 wrote:


eloraong wrote:


unknown_1 wrote:


eloraong wrote:


unknown_1 wrote:

I just want to ask,

if you want to write something, is it ok to combine hiragana and katakana characters in a word (let's say in my name, they are some symbols i'm more familiar with hiragana while some are from katakana) ...

or its a rule that it must be uniform - if i started with hiragana/ katakana then i must finish it with also what i started?

Thanks!


when i asked my friend to write my name in japanese, she wrote it in katakana because it was a foriegn name. so i think you're name should be written using katakana characters only.


thanks... so in short, jap words are written in hiragana symbols while foreign words are written in katakana symbols?!
do i get it right?


thanks for clearing that up!


yea basically like that; but sometimes japanese words like konpyuutaa(computer) are still derived from foreign words so it has to be written in katakana.

examples:
koohii(coffee) is written コーヒー
sakka(soccer) is written サッカー
naifu(knife) is written ナイフ


so yea, you get the drill, right?

:)


yeah! thanks a lot!
haha, now i think i'm more inspired to study japanese.
thanks for all the clarification!



no prob :)
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can you tell me how do i wirte my name in japanese? my name is polina. cuz i dont understand
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ラチル コフ を うヌ
Rachiru Kofu Woonu(4wrd)
Woonu Kofu Rachiru(bacwrd)
Rachel Koh Woonsim(eng)

^ hah but "Woonu" i'm not so sure if my jap name shld b written lik tis...
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シんねん おめて"とう
shinnen omedetou
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I think i can kind of Explain it ..
You use Hiragana and Kanji when you are writing japanese words
You use Katakana when the words are borrowed from other languages
Not Just english ( it includes all non japanese words)
like aisukurimu = ice cream u'd wright it in hiragana along with other words like Banana,keki-Cake, hanbaagaa-hamburger, and so on.
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can you tell me how do i wirte my name in japanese? my name is polina. cuz i dont understand

I dont know how old this is but Ill give you an answer.

Polina
ポリナ
It is pronounced porina (r slightly rolled)
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