hi…. I just want to give you some update…
tomorrow chapter may be late…
right now I’m opening again my Japanese learning book, dictionary and my self taught notes…
I was trying to learn Japanese again and I hope I can translate a chapter not using MTL anymore.. well,, maybe we can see the results in 6 or 1 year or even longer than that from now hahaha… but I just want to give you some updates lol…
so, just in case you want to learn with me… this is my simple introduction to learning Japanese..
let’s name it snow learning Japanese class for newb lol (of course this is including me)
Japanese writing is divided into 4 types.. (ps: if you know how to write them you will know how to read them)
kanji – 1850 in number (kind of vocabulary)
hiragana – 79 in number (this is Japanese alphabet)
katakana- 79 in number (Japanese alphabet for adapted foreign language)
romaji- is kanji, hiragana, or katakana written using modern aiueo 24 characters alphabet..
The way to learn Japanese is understanding Katakana and Hiragana so you can read sentences without opening your book (I still failed to do this btw)..so, a simple sentence will be made of Katakana and mixed with hiragana + kanji.
For example: the word I/me
wa ta shi = is me/I in romaji
わたし is watashi written in hiragana ( わ=wa た=ta し=shi)
ワタシ is watashi written in katakana (ワ=wa タ=ta シ=shi)
私 is watashi in Kanji
so, it is possible to have one sentence written in purely hiragana or purely katakana. it was possible to have kanji in it too which is the normal. what’s make it hard to learn Japanese is because a sentence will be a mix of hiragana + katakana + kanji…
so, if you are interested, the first thing you need to do to learn Japanese is learn hiragana first since it was the most commonly used characters. after that learn Katakana so you can understand a sentence just in case it was a mix of hiragana+katakana. and lastly, the pain in the a** kanji vocabulary lol…
with that said… I’m now trying to remember all the katakana and hiragana again which I only remember a i u e o for now.. hahaha…
1. Katakana: ワタシノナマエハNAMEデス
Romaji: Watashi no namae wa (ha) NAME desu
2. Katakana: アタシノナマエハNAMEデス
Romaji: Atashi no namae wa (ha) NAME desu
3. Katakana: オレノナマエハNAMEデス
Romaji: Ore no namae wa (ha) NAME desu
4. Katakana: ボクノナマエハNAMEデス
Romaji: Boku no namae wa (ha) NAME desu.
Watashi is neutral
Atashi is female
Ore is usually used by males
Boku is usually used by young boys
Desu can be left out as casual
Name’s formal variant is Onamae (Kanji: お名前, Katakana: オナマエ, Hiragana: おなまえ)
source from https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Japanese-language-use-multiple-types-of-characters-hiragana-katakana-and-kanji-and-when-is-each-used
Hiragana and katakana were derived from kanji
In modern Japanese, most words are written in kanji (potentially almost all words can be, but some are written in hiragana by convention because the kanji is difficult or uncommon). Hiragana is necessary to indicate grammar (e.g. verb conjugation, conjunctions, subject/object markers, adjective constructions, etc) or to differentiate between several possible pronunciations/meanings of the same character (e.g. 行く,行う). Katakana is generally used to write foreign words or onomatopoeia.
the road is still long..
I can read the hiragana using book as helper, but…
I feel kind of dumb.. even when I managed to read it, I don’t know the meaning
that is all hiragana and when read together, what is the meaning lol?
using google translate it turn out to be a simple proposition meaning ‘by’, ‘due to’,’because of’,’at’…
I guess after learning how to read, grammar, and vocab… what a long road my friend.. I hope I don’t give up in the middle ahahaha…
watashi is easy because we already know it means me.. like niyo tsu te, how do you know what that means? how do you know where to split the words… well the road is long my friend..