Month: March 2013
After looking around the interwebs for a bit for a 日本語 calendar, I was surprised how few there were out there that had what I was looking for. I wanted a カレンダー (karenda / calendar) that had the following: Month in Kanji with furigana Day of week in Kanji with furigana Numeric Day Kanji day with furigana Finally, I decided to just make one up myself. So, it can be found here: http://travisvroman.com/downloads/_karenda2013.pdf Enjoy!
Phase 2: Kana
“Kana”, collectively ひらがな(hiragana) and カタカナ(katakana) are what I consider the mortar which holds the Japanese language together. More importantly, they are what makes learning Japanese beyond simply speaking possible. After all, why learn a language at all if you’re going to remain illiterate? Before I dive too deep into that discussion, let’s take a moment and go over what kana are, and why they are so important. There are two types of kana, which are: ひらがな (hiragana) Hiragana is one of two Japanese “syllabaries” used in everyday writing. Each “symbol” represents a sound, or syllable of Japanese. These can then be strung together to form words. If you take a quick look at the kana tables, you’ll see that there are two sections – one for ひらがな (hiragana) and one for カタカナ (katakana). You’ll notice each of these have a […]