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Posted 3/24/09

DarkDaigoro wrote:
Katakana is the second level of writing, while kanji is the third and most advanced. I was going to cover these two in the next lessons, but I didn't have time.
Romaji is only a style of writing out the "names" of each character so that it can be read by anyone, and not require any previous knowledge in japanese. Ideal for beginners.
"愛" , or "ai" in romaji, is kanji and it means love, while in "愛しています" (aishite imasu) means "I love you". The sentence is using both hiragana and kanji.


Ah.. Aishite imasu? I thought it was Ashiteru...? Oh, it's complicating. They can mix Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji and Romanji? Oh noo.. I'm bad at remembering which character is which.


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Yeah, that's basically what it means. Each word in red are only examples of how each vowel sounds like, nothing more. For instance, there are several ways to which 'a' could sound. For example words, there's "hay", "pan" and "car". If you listen closely, the 'a' in each word sounds different, ne?
But when speaking Japanese, there should only be one way to which the 'a' sounds.

As for the example word, "soon", no, you do not say it longer. As I stated before, the words in red are only example words to what each word should sound like, nothing more. At the time, "Soon" was the only word I could think of that made a perfect example of how 'u' should sound. Of course, I've just thought of "Tune", so perhaps I'll edit it later. Or now, since I'm on.

Hope this helped.
Learning Japanese is indeed confusing, but after a while, it starts to becom easier, once you get the hang of it


Oh, you must be good in Japanese writing then, since you're kind enough to start this forum. I envy you... If I were you, I'd go to Japan right now and impress my idols. lols. Arigatou gozaimasu.
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Mits173 wrote:
Ah.. Aishite imasu? I thought it was Ashiteru...? Oh, it's complicating. They can mix Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji and Romanji? Oh noo.. I'm bad at remembering which character is which.

"愛しています" (aishite imasu) = "愛してる" (aishiteru)
do you see the difference? They pretty much mean the same, really, so either one is fine when telling someone that you love them.
But yes, they do mix all three together. I'll try to get the next two lessons up as soon as I possibly can, so that you'll understand why.
But keep studying!
Making flash cards helps a great deal when trying to recognize which character is which. I suggest that you take it one group at a time. Like, first you familiarize yourself with the characters, A I U E O. Then, when you can easily recognize them without struggle, you move on to the next group, KA KI KU KE KO, and so on and so forth.



Mits173 wrote:
Oh, you must be good in Japanese writing then, since you're kind enough to start this forum. I envy you... If I were you, I'd go to Japan right now and impress my idols. lols. Arigatou gozaimasu.

Ah, too kind. You give me too much credit, but you're welcome.
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Posted 3/25/09

DarkDaigoro wrote:
"愛しています" (aishite imasu) = "愛してる" (aishiteru)
do you see the difference? They pretty much mean the same, really, so either one is fine when telling someone that you love them.
But yes, they do mix all three together. I'll try to get the next two lessons up as soon as I possibly can, so that you'll understand why.
But keep studying!
Making flash cards helps a great deal when trying to recognize which character is which. I suggest that you take it one group at a time. Like, first you familiarize yourself with the characters, A I U E O. Then, when you can easily recognize them without struggle, you move on to the next group, KA KI KU KE KO, and so on and so forth.


DarkDaigoro wrote:
Ah, too kind. You give me too much credit, but you're welcome.


Is it okay if I save all this tutorials to my computer? I need more than a year to memorize all these.
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Posted 3/25/09

Mits173 wrote:
Is it okay if I save all this tutorials to my computer? I need more than a year to memorize all these.

no, I don't mind at all, as long as they're of use.
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can you please explain the different use of -san and -sama.. cos sometime -san ish use and sometimes -sama ish use
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