Japanese

Differences Between Hiragana and Katakana and Which to Learn First?

When you make up your mind to learn Japanese, the first question that pops into your head may be: What are these?! Why do Japanese characters look so different from each other? In fact, Japanese has three different writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Kanji, or Chinese characters, is famous for its level of difficulty. …

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Verbs in Japanese Honorific and Humble Language

The Japanese language makes extensive use of honorifics and humble language in many situations. Let’s learn about them in this short article. Honorific suffixes are attached to the end of names, such as さん in 田中さん, and are often gender-neutral. Honorific suffixes also indicate the relationship between the speaker and referred individual’s and are often …

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Guide to Japanese Adjectives

A Japanese adjective can be divided into two parts, a stem and a suffix.  All adjectives fall under two categories: i-adjectives and na-adjectives.  Adjectives ending with the Hiragana suffix “い(i)” are i-adjectives. I-adjectives are also categorized as A1. The second type  is the na-adjective, A2. A2 takes な(na) before the noun that it modifies. Examples of i-adjectives …

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