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Kana Breakdown

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Lets break it down. Reading Japanese breaks down like this. All Japanese scripts are Kana. There are 3 types of Kana. Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. As you can see, the simplest and more angular is Katakana This is rarely used and is for foreign words that really can not be represented in the other 2 Like for example, the is no Kanji for hot dog. Slightly more complicated is Hiragana, Hiragana can represent almost any Japanese word or phase Both Hiragana and Katakana are syllabaries, which means each symbol represents a syllable in a word, for example Hiragana would be Hi-Ra-Ga-Na. Kanji is the most popular Kana you will see in Japan/Japanese establishments. Kanji comes from the Chinese characters and can range from a single line to extremely complicated symbols that look nothing like their meaning. Often people will mix Hiragana into Kanji even though it can be represented in Kanji but they find it easier. All three Kana can be found in a sentence with no spaces. Kanji will have both On'yomi (On) and Kun'yomi (Kun) Readings. On reading are Chinese characters adapted to Japanese meanings, and Kun are more like Japanese slang, misinterpreted Kanji that have been accepted.

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