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Japanese Lessons: Part 5

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 3:55 PM by Esper (The Uncarved Blog)
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Lesson 1: hiragana
Lesson 2: katakana
Lesson 3: more kana
Lesson 4: grammar intro


I've got a great topic for you today: Kanji. Let me start by throwing a bunch at you and scaring you away letting you familiarize yourself with what kanji look like.

一二三四五六七八九十
千人口山上下小大日月
火水木金土入力子女川
手王犬中天文出左右玉
田石正生白本目立耳字
休年竹先早百名車花貝
見町男赤足村雨空青林
森音草校円学気糸虫

Intimidating, yes, but we'll start...
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Japanese Lessons: Part 4

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 1:25 PM by Esper (The Uncarved Blog)
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Lesson 1: hiragana
Lesson 2: katakana
Lesson 3: more kana

Changing directions a bit. This lesson will deal with grammar and introduce the easiest sentence structure you'll see in Japanese. And here it is:

X は Y です
[X wa Y desu.]

That is the most basic way you can say: "X is Y." Before going further with what you can put in for X and Y there's something important. You see the three kana there, yes? The last two,...
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Japanese Lessons: Part 3

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 12:50 PM by Esper (The Uncarved Blog)
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Lesson 1: hiragana
Lesson 2: katakana

Now that you have hiragana and katakana down, or at least mostly down, there's a little bit of extra to learn about them before moving on.

With the kana you have you can write almost any Japanese word, but not all. How would you write Tokyo, for instance? It has some weird thing with a 'ky' together and as you know there's no way to write single consonants in kana, only single vowels and consonant-vowel pairs.
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Japanese Lessons: Part 2

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 12:53 PM by Esper (The Uncarved Blog)
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Lesson 1: hiragana

Last lesson covered hiragana so this lesson is going to cover katakana. Katakana is a slightly more advanced lesson than hiragana, but only because it seems to be harder to grasp for a lot of learners. One nice thing about learning katakana (and there aren't many) is that it is an exact equivalent to hiragana. All the sounds and placements are the same. The only difference is in how it's written. So if you have hiragana down already (which is a good...
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Japanese Lessons

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 2:45 PM by Esper (The Uncarved Blog)
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Hi, peoples. I thought I would bring back the Japanese lessons I was sort of doing off and on earlier this year, only this time in blog format so that every 'lesson' is nice and contained.

Without really knowing what would be a good place to start (since I can't really know what level anyone is at) I'm falling back on a basic lesson in how to recognize and read Japanese. So today's topic is going to be hiragana.

Hiragana is one of the syllabaries...
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