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Japanese writing system…

Posted by kiraninbng on July 31, 2006

The Japaneses writing consists of 3 character sets

1. Kanji
 Kanjis are chinese characters.Each character has its own meaning and corresponds to a word.The characters can be combined to make a new word.
 For ex. Electricity when combined with Car gives Train 🙂

2. Hiragana
 Hirangana is the writing system developed by japanese which is based on the syllables.There are 46 signs,5 are vowels and the rest are syllables.

3. Katakana
 Katakana is very similar to Hiragana.The characters are more angular where the hiragana characters are cursive. Katakana is mainly used for writing words taken from foreign languages and the names of persons and geographical  places that can’t be written using kanji.

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