Monday, December 17, 2007

a Kanji a day...

I've tried something new at the bottom of the blog: a kanji learning tool.
For those of you who don't know, there are several components to the written Japanese language.
"Romaji" is romanized ("English") characters for the Japanese words.
The "kana" include 2 syllabic alphabets:
"Katakana" for words from other languages, especially English
"Hiragana" for words that come from Japanese or Chinese
"Kanji" characters are ideograms originally from the Chinese, many of which have multiple meanings and/or represent general ideas.

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see a kanji character, the "readings" (how to pronounce it - but you need to know how to read the kana - sorry!), and some of the major meanings of the kanji. It'll be different each time you visit the page, so, enjoy! 頑張って、下さいGanbatte, kudasai!
(remember, you might have to set something in your alphabet settings on your computer if you see gibberish rather than really cool Japanese characters!)

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