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PostSubject: Japanese~!   Tue May 27, 2008 9:38 am

Well, there's gotta be a Japanese thread sooner or later! If anyone is interested in learning Japanese or has a question about the language, feel free to ask! Let's see... I'll quickly give a run down of the basics so that even people who've never learnt/read/seen written Japanese will understand.

I've seen many threads were people try to learn to read/write but I think, it's more fun to learn to "speak" Japanese in this format. If you want to learn to read/write, it's better to buy a good textbook and workbook set with CDs. However, if anyone really wants to learn some simple writing, then I have no objections helping out.

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~The 3 Scripts of the Writing System~

Japanese uses three different types of script.

1) Hiragana: the most basic. A generic "alphabet" (not really sure what else to call it) used to write out native Japanese words.

2) Katakana: a specially designed alphabet to write foreign-loaned words.

3) Kanji: "Chinese characters". Used to compact sentences and well, make the writing more sophisticated.

For more info and images of the 3 scripts, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_writing_system

Note: It'd be useful if your computer can read Japanese script.

Extra: "Romanji" / the latin alphabet is often used to write abbreviations like "DVD" as well as pronunciations (for a second-language Japanese student).

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~Japanese Pronunciation~

There are five vowels in Japanese.
A - "ah" as in "hahaha"
I - "ee" as in "me"
U - "oo" as in "coo"
E - "eh" as in "sent"
O - "oh" as in "cough"

The rest of the consonants use these vowel sounds but with a consonant sound at the front. For example: "Sa" = "Sah"; "Shi" = "Shee"; "Su" = "Soo"; "Se" = "Seh"; and "So" = "Soh".

Exceptions
"Tsu" is pronounced with small "teh" followed by a "su". It's a bit hard to explain in words but if you've watched anime, you probably would heard names / words with this. E.g. "Tsubasa"

"Wo" has a silence "w". So it's generally pronounced as "oh".

"N" has no vowel sound. So it's pronounced as "Nn" as in "hen". Tip: when pronouncing this syllable, try to keep your tongue down/flat instead of the tip of the tongue touching the roof. This'll prevent you from sounding like you're saying either "na", "ni", "nu", "ne" or "no" when you're speaking.

E.g. "Ke-n-i-chi" (Kenichi - random male name) could be accidentally pronounced as "Ke-ni-chi".

The "R"s... (ra, ri, re, ru, ro) aren't pronounced with a strong "rrr" (as in reow) sound. It's a hybrid of "L" and "R". However, if you're not too sure, try pronouncing both ways: "Ra, ri, ru, re, ro" and "La, li, lu, le, lo"... and try to balance the sounds so you don't pronounce either of the extremes. If you still don't get it, it's preferable to go with the "L" sound.

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That's the basic knowledge stuff covered. Lol... I'll post again some time... (1.40am here... haha.)
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:43 am

Question~! >0<'

My japanese has gotten rusty. . ;__;
<-- forgets easily.
And I just want to make sure I got this right.

So, if I were to write this:

_ _ _ _ が すきなの?

That would mean Do you like _ _ _ _ ( but in a shorter, simpler way ), right?
Or do I also need to put 'ka' at the end?
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:59 am

i am just learnig hiragana and katakana i took them on holiday with me to lear while i was bored i learnt 16 of each woop go me lol lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:46 am

I try so many time to learn japanese but every time I forget!! sad
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:39 am

I had learned Japanese for 2 years, but now I don't use it much -> forgot most of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:45 pm

Don't forget that japanese is one of the moon languages.
But since it's the most popular, when you talk about "the" moon language, it's japanese.
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:58 pm

How much time would it take to learn japanese properly........
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:38 pm

i lovvvvve the japanese language
if i had learnt it properly i could'vve just watch raw animes and mangas *sigh*
too bad i only learnt it for one year and kept on forgetting my hiragana
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:13 am

i've been watching anime so much that i can actually connect with what ur talking about!! lol. but a lot of it i didn't know or didn't realize. thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:00 pm

I took japanese over the summer and I think if one were to watch japanese anime or doramas, you'd be pretty well off in sentence structure. Well, that's how I got through the class. XD Japanese is such a beautiful language! Though the kanji is a little bit of a pain.
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:15 am

thanks for the tips...this year i wanna also take japanese lang in my school as free elective but it doesn not fit my program sad well i wish i can learn...
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:07 am

wow....cool
anyway, just to share.
i think this site is quite well-organised and easy to understand.


http://japanese.about.com/


hope you all benefit from this! happy
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:27 am

I wanted to learn japanese but my school didnt have classes so depressed T__T
but since i've just graduated, i want to take classes =D
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:58 pm

I have a question about pronunciation (despite having years of knowledge of Japanese -- or I could be rusty) and hopefully I don't sound like a complete fool, but...

Do you pronounce the "u" in "su"? For example, if I were to say "suki" out loud, would it sound like the English word "ski" or will it just be "su-ki"?

Sorry, if I've complicated the question. Hopefully someone can satisfy this fool's *points at self* curiosity. >_<;;
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:02 pm

haha i'm learning japanese now...and i get how japanese is kinda like chinese and i know that japanese borrow the writing system....and katana is borrow words from english....haha happy
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:17 pm

I am learning Japanese now. I know my kanas and am starting to learn Kanji. I need for focus on beefing up my vocabulary. I Will be working on that next.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:55 pm

I learn some words by watching anime !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:19 am

i'm learning japanese now. it's really hard learning kanji >"<
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese~!   Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:45 pm

ch0hiro wrote:
I have a question about pronunciation (despite having years of knowledge of Japanese -- or I could be rusty) and hopefully I don't sound like a complete fool, but...

Do you pronounce the "u" in "su"? For example, if I were to say "suki" out loud, would it sound like the English word "ski" or will it just be "su-ki"?

Sorry, if I've complicated the question. Hopefully someone can satisfy this fool's *points at self* curiosity. >_<;;

In Japanese I believe that the vowels are always pronounce so "suki" would be prounce as "su-ki"
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