Post Reply [LAG.] Japanese
Posted 8/30/10


Teachers:LunaKayz


Ok, I'm going to teach you the basics of Japanese! There are two types of ways to speak and write Japanese (Formal and Informal). Since the Japanese are really strict about politeness and manner, I will teach you the formal way.

First of all, there are 3 types of alphabets in the Japanese Language.


Hiragana: the phonetic alphabet for words only of Japanese origin. (EX: Mizu, Hana, etc.)


http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ssatoru/other/kana/hiragana_s/hiragana1/index.html (Go here to get a better look at how the stroke order is and what it sounds like)

Katana: the phonetic Alphabet only for words outside Japanese origin. (EX: Pen, noto, etc.)


http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ssatoru/other/kana/katakana_s/katakana_image/(Go here to get a better look at how the stroke order is and what it sounds like)

Kanji: Idiograph (EX: 音楽, 日本, etc)

Site for converting romaji to hiragana or katakana: http://www.whiteagle.net/jap/
I advise you to practice writing at home. Don't rush, start with Hiragana, and only the first 5 letters. Everyday add another row and practice. I really suggest to not use romaji (Japanese in english letters) all the time. Also! Follow the stroke order! Japanese and regular Japanese users can notice if you didn't! Your first lesson will be simple sentences. Japanese is very simple once you get it down.

Lesson 1: Basic Sentences

For the basic sentence structure, it starts with the subject, what the subject is or what it is doing, and the verb last. (yes i know confusing)

Ex: Pen wa aoi desu. (Pen=Pen, wa=identifies the subject, aoi=blue, desu=is)
So this sentence means "Pen is blue".

If you want to write it in Japanese letters then it will look like this :
ペン は あおい です.

If you notice, wa was not written as. Instead it was written as ha. This is one of the strange things that even my sensei couldn't really explain. It is usual for starters to make this mistake, make sure you don't not make that mistake okay? ^_^

For making words that have possession, (My name or Luna's hair) you use the letter no .

Ex: Watashi no namae wa Tsukiyo desu. (watshi=my/I, no=identifies possession, namae=name)
わたし の なまえ は つきよ です.
My name is Tsukiyo.

Ex: Luna no kami wa kuroi desu. (Kami=hair/paper, kuroi= black) (Note: many Japanese words are the same, but can have different meanings. In this sentence, I used Kami as hair.)
ルナ の かみ は くろい です.
Luna's hair is black.


A little extra
I'll teach you a little extra today. I know that you're thinking "How do i write my name in Japanese letters?" Well first of all, if your name is not Japanese you have to use the Katana letters.
Step 1: Say your name out loud in syllables and write it down by how it sounds. (Chrome = Kuromu)
Step 2: compare the syllables to the letters in the katakana chart and write it down. (Kuromu = クロム)
And that pretty much it.

Note: If your name has a L or whatever letter that is not in the Jap Alphabet, then you substitute it with one that sounds like it. Or if your name has a Ch, you usually substitute with cha, chi, or chu. (If the Ch makes the kuh sound then you use ku, ka,ko etc.) OR if you name ends with an s or something like that you change it to su. (Note: I'm gonna use names from the anime Katekyoshi Hitman Reborn)
Ex: Lal Mirch = Raru Miruchi (ラル ミルチ)
Ex: Xanxus = Zanzusu (ザンザス)

One more thing, some people get mixed up with some spelling or uses for greetings. Like "Konnichi wa" is sometimes spelled with one n. Also, "Sayonara" is known for "good bye" but if specifically for "Good bye for a very long time". For saying goodbye to friends and stuff, you can say Ja, Matta or Matta ashita (See you later or see you tomorrow)

If anyone needs more explaining,feel free to message me.


Ok, I'm going to teach you the basics of Japanese! There are two types of ways to speak and write Japanese (Formal and Informal). Since the Japanese are really strict about politeness and manner, I will teach you the formal way.

First of all, there are 3 types of alphabets in the Japanese Language.


Hiragana: the phonetic alphabet for words only of Japanese origin. (EX: Mizu, Hana, etc.)


http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ssatoru/other/kana/hiragana_s/hiragana1/index.html (Go here to get a better look at how the stroke order is and what it sounds like)

Katana: the phonetic Alphabet only for words outside Japanese origin. (EX: Pen, noto, etc.)


http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ssatoru/other/kana/katakana_s/katakana_image/(Go here to get a better look at how the stroke order is and what it sounds like)

Kanji: Idiograph (EX: 音楽, 日本, etc)

Site for converting romaji to hiragana or katakana: http://www.whiteagle.net/jap/
I advise you to practice writing at home. Don't rush, start with Hiragana, and only the first 5 letters. Everyday add another row and practice. I really suggest to not use romaji (Japanese in english letters) all the time. Also! Follow the stroke order! Japanese and regular Japanese users can notice if you didn't! Your first lesson will be simple sentences. Japanese is very simple once you get it down.

Lesson 1: Basic Sentences

For the basic sentence structure, it starts with the subject, what the subject is or what it is doing, and the verb last. (yes i know confusing)

Ex: Pen wa aoi desu. (Pen=Pen, wa=identifies the subject, aoi=blue, desu=is)
So this sentence means "Pen is blue".

If you want to write it in Japanese letters then it will look like this :
ペン は あおい です.

If you notice, wa was not written as. Instead it was written as ha. This is one of the strange things that even my sensei couldn't really explain. It is usual for starters to make this mistake, make sure you don't not make that mistake okay? ^_^

For making words that have possession, (My name or Luna's hair) you use the letter no .

Ex: Watashi no namae wa Tsukiyo desu. (watshi=my/I, no=identifies possession, namae=name)
わたし の なまえ は つきよ です.
My name is Tsukiyo.

Ex: Luna no kami wa kuroi desu. (Kami=hair/paper, kuroi= black) (Note: many Japanese words are the same, but can have different meanings. In this sentence, I used Kami as hair.)
ルナ の かみ は くろい です.
Luna's hair is black.


A little extra
I'll teach you a little extra today. I know that you're thinking "How do i write my name in Japanese letters?" Well first of all, if your name is not Japanese you have to use the Katana letters.
Step 1: Say your name out loud in syllables and write it down by how it sounds. (Chrome = Kuromu)
Step 2: compare the syllables to the letters in the katakana chart and write it down. (Kuromu = クロム)
And that pretty much it.

Note: If your name has a L or whatever letter that is not in the Jap Alphabet, then you substitute it with one that sounds like it. Or if your name has a Ch, you usually substitute with cha, chi, or chu. (If the Ch makes the kuh sound then you use ku, ka,ko etc.) OR if you name ends with an s or something like that you change it to su. (Note: I'm gonna use names from the anime Katekyoshi Hitman Reborn)
Ex: Lal Mirch = Raru Miruchi (ラル ミルチ)
Ex: Xanxus = Zanzusu (ザンザス)

One more thing, some people get mixed up with some spelling or uses for greetings. Like "Konnichi wa" is sometimes spelled with one n. Also, "Sayonara" is known for "good bye" but if specifically for "Good bye for a very long time". For saying goodbye to friends and stuff, you can say Ja, Matta or Matta ashita (See you later or see you tomorrow)

If anyone needs more explaining,feel free to message me.
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