[Nihongo 101] The Japanese Writing System Introduction

in #writing4 years ago

The Japanese writing system is consist of three different character sets: Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana.


Kanji are the Chinese characters which are usually used in Japanese writing. Most of the Kanji characters represents nouns, verbs and adjectives. They represent concrete ideas. There are no spaces in Japanese writing, so Kanji is necessary in distinguishing between separate words within a sentence.

Each character has its own meaning and corresponds to a word. New words can also be created by combining two or more characters.

Here are some of the basic Kanji characters


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Hiragana is used mainly for grammatical purposes like the particles. Colloquial expressions are also written in Hiragana. It's also use commonly for new students instead of Kanji.

Here are some of Hiragana characters


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Katakana has the same set of sounds with Hiragana, the difference is that - these characters are used to represent new and foreign words.

Here are some of Hiragana characters


Image Source : Tofugu

Hope you learned something today minasan! Mata ne!

thank you for sharing this. i wanna learn nihongo. this is a good guide for a newbie like me. keep 'em coming ;)

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