Learning to Read and Write, or ABC Japanese Style by Dj Caffeine (BLW Contributor)

Linguists all over the world still argue about the exact number of existing languages. However there are only so many sets of letters for written communication. Japanese uses three.

Let this idea sink in. All European languages are based on two main writing systems. The entire Americas run on one. Japanese uses three. Impressive? You have no idea.

Out of the three, kanji** is the most complicated (meaning, scarily interesting) one. Good news is you don’t have to start with it. Not so good news – the remaining two still hold a bagful of challenges for you.

As you remember, the complicated writing system was the reason I avoided Japanese all along. This time around I stared at hiragana and thought: “How difficult can it be after all? Remember what you’ve done in your life.” Forgive my cockiness, it was love speaking.

To my defense I can say it was not…

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I'm an author with an associate's in psychology. Interested in a lot of different things, and love controversy. The more controversial the better, but that's not all I'm interested in. Can be a bit confusing at times, but that's normal!

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