Sunday, September 22, 2013
Learning Japanese (日本語を読む)
Eric is enjoying learning the Japanese language. Here is a quick lesson on Japanese.
In any given sentence there may be four ways to write in Japanese.
1. Kanji are characters borrowed from Chinese and cannot be sounded out.
Example: 狗 dog
2. Hiragana are characters of Japanese origin and can be sounded out. They have a curvy look to them.
Example: こんにちは hello
3. Katakana are characters of foreign origin and can be sounded out. They have a straight line look to them.
Example: イエス·キリスト Jesus Christ
4. Romaji are characters that are English letters that can be sounded out.
Example: Dore which
Here is a typical Japanese sentence. Can you find all of the different characters?
公園で自分の犬を歩いている間、私はハンバーガーを食べています I am eating a hamburger while walking my dog in the park.
It looks easy, doesn't it.