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What is hiragana, katakana and kanji?

Japanese has three character sets - hiragana, katakana and kanji.
You can think of a "character set" as an alphabet.

Each symbol in hiragana and katakana represent a single sound. Both hiragana and katakana have the same number of symbols, representing the same collection of sounds.

What is hiragana, katakana and kanji?

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What is hiragana, katakana and kanji?

Japanese has three character sets - hiragana, katakana and kanji.
You can think of a "character set" as an alphabet.

Each symbol in hiragana and katakana represent a single sound. Both hiragana and katakana have the same number of symbols, representing the same collection of sounds.

Example:

Take the sound "ta":

  • In hiragana "ta" is 「た」,
  • In katakana "ta" is「タ」.

This is similar to the English alphabet, where each letter represents a sound.

Kanji is a bit different. Each symbol in the kanji represents a partial or whole word, rather than single sounds.

Example:

Let's work through an example:

  • The kanji for the word "now" is「今」.
  • In hiragana, 「今」 is spelt 「いま」.
  • 「い」represents the sound "i", 「ま」represents the sound "ma".
  • So the kanji for "now" 「今」is read as "ima".

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