Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese. How to Read Japanese - Lesson#1 - Introduction: Three types of characters. Japanese Grammar/Expressions Lessons. Vocabulary : Useful and common Japanese phrases. Common Japanese Words. Words are the building blocks of language.
In order to have any type of conversation in Japanese, you will need to know a certain amount of Japanese words. The more Japanese words you know, the more you will be able to communicate. However, it’s not just the number of Japanese words that’s important, but also which ones. Japanese Alphabet. Japanese Alphabet The Japanese alphabet is usually referred to as kana, specifically hiragana and katakana.
While the Hiragana consists of 48 syllables, it is a phonetic alphabet where each alphabetic combination represents just a single sound. Thus any Japanese word can be written in a way that can be read without having to remember how the word is pronounced. So the Japanese kana are much simpler, the way something is written is the way it sounds. There is also Kanji, a Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or slightly modified Chinese characters.