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    Popular Kanji Symbols

    This page contains some Popular Kanji Symbols which you might like!

    The Kanji Symbols for Prince

    The Kanji Symbols for Ninja

    The Kanji Symbols for Dragon

    The Kanji Symbols for Demon or Devil

    The Kanji Symbols for Dagger

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    kanji

    ichi-means 1 ni-means 2 san-means 3 yon-means 4 go-means 5

    roku-means 6 nana-means 7 hachi-means 8 kyuu-means 9 juu-means 10

    hyaku-means 100 sen-means 1000 man-means 10000

    kc says: 'kanji' characters are used to replace kana in more advanced japanese. the kanji characters are chinesebasedcharacters but the japanese only use around 2000 of them, there are many more modern chinese characters

    kc says: the kanji characters given here are the japanese counting characters, more characters soonkc says: to make up large numbers just add the characters together like in the example below

    examples

    - sanjuuichi (means '31')

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    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 bewritten 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.

    Hiragana Syllables (Alphabet)

    The table below shows the 48 Hiragana syllables:

    a ka sa ta na ha ma ya ra wa n i ki shi chi ni hi mi ri wi u ku su tsu nu fu mu yu ru e ke se te ne he me re we o ko so to no ho mo yo ro wo

    Maybe you have noticed that many sounds are missing, thats why Japanese added someadditional sounds using diacritics or combinations of syllables, the table below shows the

    additional sounds in Hiragana:

    ga za da ba pa gi ji ji bi pi gu zu zu bu pu ge ze de be pe go zo do bo po

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    kya sha cha hya pya rya kyu shu chu hyu pyu ryu kyo sho cho hyo pyo ryo gya ja nya bya mya (ja) gya ju nyu byu my (ju) gyo jo nyo byo myo (jo)

    Katakana Syllables (Alphabet)

    Katakana are most often used for transcription of words in foreign languages. used to represent

    sounds, technical and scientific terms.

    Katakanas main feature is short straight strokes and angular corners, thats why Katakana isconsidered the simplest of the Japanese scripts.

    a

    ka

    sa

    ta

    na

    ha

    ma

    ya

    ra

    wa

    n

    i ki shi chi ni hi mi ri (wi) u ku su tsu nu fu mu yu ru e ke se te ne he me re (we) o ko so to no ho mo yo ro (w)o

    ga za da ba pa

    gi ji ji bi pi gu zu zu bu pu ge ze de be pe go zo do bo po kya sha cha hya pya rya kyu shu chu hyu pyu ryu

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    kyo sho cho hyo pyo ryo gya ja nya bya mya (ja) gya ju nyu byu my (ju) gyo jo nyo byo myo (jo)

    For a modern Katakana there was a necessity to add some sounds, below is a list of additions to

    the katakana, used mainly to represent sounds from other languages:

    ye va () va she ti tsa fa wi vi () vi je tu tsi fi we vu ve che tyu tse fe wo ve () vo di tso fo

    vo () vya du fyu vyu dyu vyo

    Kanji Characters (Alphabet)

    Kanji are used together with three other systems to write modern Japanese, Kanji which is a

    Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or slightly modified Chinese characters is used to

    write parts of the language such as nouns, adjective stems and verb stems. For Kanji charactersrefers to the Chinese characters.

    Japanese characters

    Introduction

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    The Japanese use four types of script: kanji, katakana, hiragana and romaji. To Western eyes with our 26-letter

    alphabets and a few accents, they can look daunting, but it's easy to forget that there are in fact two 26-letter

    alphabets (capital and lower case), plus a whole array of numerals and symbols. The four types of Japanese

    characters can be divided into two groups - phonetic (where the characters represent sounds) and ideographic

    (where they represent ideas and concepts). Katakana, hiragana and romaji are phonetic, kanji is ideographic.

    Ideographic characters

    Kanji

    There is not enough space here to go too deeply into kanji, as there are many thousands of characters. In a nutshell,

    they derive from Chinese characters and are the mainstay of Japanese writing. The pronunciation of a kanji

    character depends on the context and the characters adjacent to it. For example, The character for "woman"

    appears in the words for "mother" (onna) and "my wife" (kanai). A brilliant animated basic lesson is provided in

    thisChinese character tutorial.

    Phonetic charactersWhereas the English characters represent sounds, katakana and hiragana represent syllables. Apart from the vowels

    and the "n" sound, they all combine a consonant and a vowel, so we have ka, ki, ku, ke, ko, etc. The

    consonant sounds are the roughly the same as they are in English, but the vowels always sound the same,

    i.e.:

    a as in bar

    i as in skiu as in flu

    e as in fey

    o as in fro.

    The "r" sound in Japanese sounds halfway between an "r" and an "l". All Japanese words end

    with either a vowel or an "n".

    Ka-ra-o-ke

    To-yo-taMi-tsu-bi-shi

    Po-ke-mo-n

    Hiragana

    The hiragana characters derive in form from Chinese characters but are phonetic in nature. They are used to create

    particles (similar to English conjunctions) and whole words and to give a tense to a verb, among other things.

    Hiragana consists of the characters below:

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    Katakana

    Katakana is more modern than hiragana, and is used to express "loan words", words that are directly related to

    foreign words. English loan words include fiancee, schadenfreude, siesta, kayak, bungalowand tsunami; it's

    not a uniquely Japanese phenomenon. Because the alphabets are not identical, words usually become the

    closest approximation to the foreign words:

    bijinesuman = businessman

    chiizu = cheese

    pan = bread (remember your French)

    Here are the katakana characters:

    Romaji

    Most Japanese people are also familiar with the roman alphabet, and it creeps into the culture, particularly through

    business and Hollywood movies. Romaji is what the Japanese call the roman alphabet. Romaji is also used in

    transliteration and when learning Japanese.

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    First off, here's a table showing general terms

    Japanese, unlike English, has terms for two steps back (e.g. ototoi, two days ago) and two steps forward

    (e.g. asatte, two days from now) but I'm too lazy to include the kanji now. Maybe later.

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    Day

    Kino

    u

    yest

    erd

    ay

    Kyo

    u

    today

    Ashit

    a

    tom

    orro

    w

    Maini

    chi

    everyday

    Week

    Sen

    shu

    u

    last

    wee

    k

    Kon

    shu

    u

    this

    wee

    k

    Rais

    huu

    next

    wee

    k

    Maish

    uu

    every

    week

    Month

    Sen

    gets

    u

    last

    mo

    nth

    Kon

    gets

    u

    this

    mo

    nth

    Raig

    etsu

    next

    mon

    th

    Maits

    uki

    every

    mont

    h

    Year

    Sak

    une

    n

    last

    year

    Kot

    oshi

    this

    year

    Rain

    en

    next

    year

    Maito

    shi

    every

    year

    Here's the calendar for May, 1997

    The naming of the days is pretty systematic; however, some of the days have names that don't quite fit.

    Those names are written in bold italics.

    1997

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