Want to know the best way to learn the Japanese alphabet? Written Japanese has two components: kana and kanji. Kana is easier to learn, while kanji consists of thousands of characters derived from the Chinese writing system. For now, we will focus on kana. Curious how lessons work? Sign up for more information about our private lessons.
How to Learn Japanese for Absolute Beginners - A Complete Guide
For a long time, most writing in Japan was in classical Chinese, which was read either in the conventional Chinese way, or with Japanese pronunciation. Over a period of about 1, years, Chinese characters were adapted in a variety of ways to write the Japanese language. The text below gives you an idea of the similarities and differences between the two writing systems. In normal Japanese writing, Kanji and Hiragana are used, while Katakana is used for words borrowed from the non-Chinese foreign languages.
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This would change how Japanese names are typically written in English. Not everyone supports the change. Switching now would be certainly confusing—and costly. For over a hundred years, Japanese names have been written in English with the family name last.