The Foreign Service Institute of the US Government states that the average English speaker would need about hours of study to achieve fluency in the Japanese language. For instance, my objective as a Japanese enthusiast was to be able to enjoy anime and Japanese movies to the fullest. The Japanese culture fascinated me ever since I was a child. It was then when I decided to learn Japanese.
Japanese Language Expert B. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. Namiko Abe Updated September 29, Writing might be one of the most difficult, but also fun, parts of learning Japanese. The Japanese don't use an alphabet. Instead, there are three types of scripts in Japanese: kanji, hiragana and katakana.
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Kanji What is Kanji? In Japanese, nouns and stems of adjectives and verbs are almost all written in Chinese characters called Kanji. Adverbs are also fairly frequently written in Kanji as well. This means that you will need to learn Chinese characters to be able to read most of the words in the language.
There are a few thousand Kanji characters, while Hiragana and Katakana have 46 each. This is hard enough for native speaker to get right every time, so I almost feel sorry for those non-natives who are learning to read and write Japanese. From top to bottom: Kanji is mainly used for the lexical elements: nouns, verb stems, adjective stems, and so forth; Hiragana has rounded letter shapes, which are mainly used for the grammatical elements of sentences such as particles, auxiliary verbs, and suffixes of nouns; Katakana has an angular letter shape, which is most often used for foreign words and also for the purpose of emphasis. Since Japanese is as different from Chinese as it is to any other language, simply using the Chinese writing system was not sufficient, and a more appropriate way of writing Japanese was sought out. Some Chinese characters began to be used not for their meaning, but purely for their phonetic value.