hiragana


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hiragana

(Japanese)
The cursive formed Japanese kana syllabary. Hiragana is mostly used for grammatical particles, verb-inflection, and Japanese words which are not written in kanji or which are too difficult for an educated person to read or write in kanji. Hiragana are also used for furigana.
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Initial Demographic Details of the Participants Pseudonyms Chad Erika Daniel Rose Wilson Age 33 23 28 28 24 Gender male female male female male Japan visit 2 yrs 6 wks none very often 1 yr Self reported language and script ability (a) Japanese poor medium v poor NSG NSG hiragana poor good poor good good kanji poor medium none poor N.
This is a very elegantly produced paperback volume, which is especially commendable given that there are no less than five scripts (Roman, Tibetan, katakana, hiragana, and kanji) and photographic plates involved.
The hiragana and katakana are types of alphabet with 46 sounds representing syllables, not words as with kanji.
8) In Japanese there are three symbol systems, hiragana, katakana and kanji.
Backpack Trip to Japan Made Without Even Knowing Hiragana (one form of Japanese writing),'' is the title of a book Oh, a math teacher at a middle school in Bucheon west of Seoul, published in the summer of 2006 after three trips to Japan.
Characteristics of Character Types Character Types Characteristics Kanji (Chinese logographic For words of Chinese origin and for characters the roots of such content words as nouns, verbs, and adjectives of Japanese origin Hiragana (syllabary) For words of Japanese origin for which there are no Kanji, conjugated endings, conjunctions, particles, auxiliary verbs, and so on.
Japanese kids learn the simpler hiragana and katakana characters, which represent sounds, before learning Kanji (the Chinese pictorial characters).
The trouble in the product, which features ''three-in-one'' device combining a DVD recorder with a VCR and a hard disk drive, concerns a sudden cut in the power supply when users convert hiragana letters of Japanese into Chinese characters when inputting titles of recorded programs, company officials said.
Zack, a South African visitor, puts it succinctly: "Do the locals honestly expect the typical tourist, being here for merely a few weeks, to learn to order food in Japanese, understand the Japanese train announcements, read museum writing in hiragana and, God forbid, kanji?
Input in Japanese is carried out through standard QWERTY keyboards with the users typing in Romanized Japanese, which the software automatically converts into Hiragana or Katakana (phonetic-based scripts) as appropriate.
Interestingly, Japanese has developed three letter systems which corresponds to this stratal difference: (A) that of Chinese characters, (B) that of katakana syllabary, and (C) that of hiragana syllabary.
The FEP is a small footprint tool that converts phonetic text input on a western style keyboard and delivers Japanese text in mixed Kanji, Katakana and Hiragana.