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The Quickest And Least Difficult Way To Understand The Japanese Language!

By Mike Yankee

Welcome to a whole different language. Japanese is the official language of Japan, also known as “Nihongo” in the Japanese native language. If you didn’t know the unique Japanese script has been adopted from the Chinese language. The Chinese script was modified and three very different scripts of Japanese were crafted.

This powerful language is written by incorporating three scripts whose names are Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. In older days, Japanese was written vertically. Yep up and down; when you’re not use to writing this way you simply just can’t believe it. In most cases, it was written from right to left and would start from the very last page to the first page. Lucky for us this method of writing has changed over time.

Hiragana in one of the most basic scripts thus far. It is used to write words, which cannot be written in kanji. In addition, kanji can not be converted into the different tenses. Katakana is used for foreign names and words. Kanji is the pictorial script, which has been primarily from China. From kanji were made hiragana and katakana.

The other two forms of Japanese language are as followed. One is the Hyoujungo, which implies ‘standard Japanese’, and the other is called the kyoutsugo, which means ‘common language’. The Hyoujungo form is widely used in the media, while teaching in schools and during official communication. Many of us know that there’s a difference between casual talking and formal talking.

Japanese offers three main dialects, the Tokyo dialect, the Osaka dialect, and the Kyushyu dialect. There are many differences between the different dialects. Very few people use Kyushyu and Osaka dialect. The Tokyo dialect is the one that you really should concentrate on the most, because it’s the one that is used the most.

Japanese grammar is quite simple to understand if you take the time to master the basics. It however is very different from that of English grammar. In Japanese grammar, the sentence should end with a verb.

Japanese Symbols, Characters, Calligraphy are very common terms for Kanji. Kanji are the symbols which are used to express ideas, versus just sounds. Whilst understanding pronunciation and speaking basic Japanese may sometimes be an easy task, understanding how to read and write Japanese is a little more difficult.

Learning Japanese Online is fun and very simple with today’s technology. It is something people couldn’t do years back. You had to sit in class with a pencil and paper and listen to a teacher talk for hours, well not anymore.

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