Do The Japanese Use English Letters or Kanji?
Posted 1/2/15
I figure I could write Japanese in the English lettering, but then I forgot whether or not the Japanese use English lettering or Kanji or whatever it is called.
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Posted 1/2/15 , edited 1/2/15
The Japanese use Kanji. When you spell it out using English letters, it's called Romaji.

If you truly wanted to learn Japanese, it would take at least 5 years for you to learn everything since Japanese also includes Hirigana and Katakana.
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Posted 1/2/15
So Japanese is as hard as french or more ?
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Posted 1/2/15

valleyboy3 wrote:

So Japanese is as hard as french or more ?


It's considerably harder since they don't use letters like French (Japanese uses symbols) but French words aren't pronounced like they are written.
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Posted 1/2/15
LOL no regular japanese person will understand Romaji (writing in english letters)

There are three writing systems in Japan.

Katakana, this is used for foreign and imported words..

Hiragana, this is used for Japanese words

Kanji, this is used for various reasons, the main one being there are no spaces in japanese writing. The use of Kanji makes it easier to separate words. Kanji is also used in instances were the script for writing a word in Hiragana would be to long and you would rather just draw a kanji instead.
Posted 1/2/15 , edited 1/2/15
Kanji

amazon.co.jp a few years ago, I could not navigate anything on that website. but recently I went back and now they've made an English version. Even so, it's hard to search with the English version of the website since most of their titles are written in Kanji. (everytime I want to search for a title of a manga, I have to go to google translate, translate it to Kanji, and then copy+paste back on the search bar on amazon.co.jp, rofl....)

I think they use Romanji very little (maybe the name of hotels and hospitals etc) since they take pride in their language. But you won't find any English letters in Japan lol (unless the anime was originally in English already like Free! Iwatobi Swim Club).

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Posted 1/4/15
I don't envy Japanese students. There's a reason that in anime people tend to struggle with learning all their necessary Kanji almost as much as they struggle with English.
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Posted 1/5/15 , edited 1/5/15
Katakana and Hiragana are better if you are writing something for younger people. Kanji is complicated. Some people will probably understand what you mean when writing in Romaji especially younger ones. I'm not sure in what context you are asking the question. It's good to learn Kanji for reading things though in major areas of Japan like in Tokyo they started adding more English to signs and stuff so it's much easier to find your way around than it used to be if you don't understand any Japanese writing. English is a popular language in Japan and you see it in a lot of places on posters,magazines and on the signs. Most people know at least some written English (They learn writing but very little speaking and listening in school) so if you are writing something down like asking for directions somebody will probably understand it and try to help you. School kids are a fantastic source for random lost moments where you need to find the train station again or find a tourist attraction and they will just be happy they got to practice English with a foreigner XD.

Disclaimer: If they are teenagers you WILL have to take photos with them and it will take a while >.>
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Posted 1/5/15 , edited 1/5/15

MrMoondoggie wrote:
Disclaimer: If they are teenagers you WILL have to take photos with them and it will take a while >.>


You don't even need to ask them anything! They'll just walk up to you and point to their phone! Well, that's what they did to me.
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Posted 1/5/15

anjelicapaul wrote:


MrMoondoggie wrote:
Disclaimer: If they are teenagers you WILL have to take photos with them and it will take a while >.>


You don't even need to ask them anything! They'll just walk up to you and point to their phone! Well, that's what they did to me.


Lol it can happen like that yes being a foreign novelty and all. I probably had hundreds of random selfies on the cameras of random kids when i was living in Japan. And for some reason the most common question i got was about western food. They really love food.
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