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Learn Japanese

Someone suggested I add a "speak Japanese" page, and since I do happen to know a little about the language, I thought I'd share some basics with you.
Reminder: I've had no formal lessons in Japanese, the info here is just what I've collected over the past three years or so. :)

^_^ Thank u Lena*!

For those of you who know a foreign language, like spanish or french, you know the vowels, A E I O U, are pronounced ahh aey eee ohh ooo. This is also true in japanese.
vowelpronunciation
Aahh :: like when you open your mouth for a doctor
Eaey :: like in the word "Hey!"
Ieee :: like the e in "eat"
Oohh :: said with out moving the mouth
Uooo :: like the o in "Oops!"


Also, there is no "L" sound in Japanese. The "R" sound is used in place of the "L" and sounds so much like an "L" that, if said correctly, you won't notice the difference.

The vowels in Japanese are very important. No consonant can be said without a vowel coming after.......... except for "N" (which is pronounced with the tongue touching the roof of the mouth, and sounds like "uhn")
Nuhn


Note: The Japanese language is a delecate, soft, flowing language. When speaking Japanese, keep your mouth relaxed and only open your mouth as far as you need to. If you can stick your pinkie finger in your mouth, it's open too wide. =)


Unlike English, Japanese has 3 different alphabets. Three!!
The Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Luckly, the first two are basically the same. Kanji, however, is comprised of 1,945 characters(letters)!!!
Romanji is when you use English letters to spell Japanese words.
Here's the basic Hiragana and Katakana.
Hiragana

a

e

i

o

u

ka

ke

ki

ko

ku

sa

se

shi

so

su

ta

te

chi

to

tsu

na

ne

ni

no

nu

ha

he

hi

ho

fu

ma

me

mi

mo

mu

ya

yo

yu

ra

re

ri

ro

ru

wa

wo
Romanji
aeiou
kakekikoku
saseshisosu
tatechitotsu
naneninonu
hahehihofu
mamemimomu
yayoyu
rareriroru
wawo
Katakana

a

e

i

o

u

ka

ke

ki

ko

ku

sa

se

shi

so

su

ta

te

chi

to

tsu

na

ne

ni

no

nu


hi

ho

fu

ma

me

mi

mo

mu

ya

yo

yu

ra

re

ri

ro

ru

wa

wo
These characters here are only the basic characters, there's still 25 more to each set!

As you can see, though they may look different, the Hiragana and Katakana are exactly the same, just look different.
So what's the point of having two alphabets that are the same?? Most of the time Hiragana is used in writing, but Katakana is used for writing foreign words and names. Also, Hiragana is thought of as more feminine.


Because, of course, now you want to go out and try the japanese you've learned, here are some japanese terms to use around the house!

EnglishRomanjiJapanese
Good Morning!Ohayo!
Note: The extra U is added to the end because the O sound flows instead of stopping.
Hello!Konnichi wa!
Note: You won't find the first two letters in the alphabets above, they're Kanji characters. But you could also spell Konnichi wa out with the Hiragana letters too!
Good Evening!Koban wa!
Good Bye!Sayonara!
YesHai
Noiie
CuteKawaii
HamsterHamusta
Love(romantic)Ai

Okiez, now go annoy your parents with all the great stuff u learned! ....lol

I'm really not sure what else to put here, if anyone wants me to put a word or two up here, just e-mail me. =)