japanese writing katakana or hiragana?
• United States
7 Mar 09
Well Taloninja, I 'd love to learn japanese if I can lay my hands on a bilingual ebook that spells out all the how to and stuff I love the culture and would really like to read and write in the language because I intend going there for studies sometime later. I will really appreciate it if you can send me a link that directs people to that particular material
2 Mar 09
I'm currently learning Nihongo too. I just completed my elementary course and I've learned both Hiragana and Katakana. Katakana are mainly for foriegn inspired words (ie. aisu kurimu - ice cream). I personally find Hiragana to read. As for learning and reading, both are quite easy. I'm learning Kanji soon and I think Kanji will be the most difficult among the 3 forms of Japanese writing.
• United States
10 Apr 10
their exactly the same soundwise the only difference is the symbols but katakana is rarly used its only used for foregn words like juice to witch their are no japanese words in japanese juice is pronounced juusu id type it in hirigana but mylot doesent like strange charicters and you wont be able to read anything in japan until you memorize the kanji witch their are over 1086 of because that is what they use mainly but their sentences are made up of all 3 so good luck :D
15 Jul 09
Definitely hiragana. Katakana is still my bane, although it is what I came in contact with first. Exclamations uttered by superheros in manga are always written in Katakana for some reason. But when I took up the language, its hiragana and katakana simultaneously followed by kanji. Fast forward to today, I think I read kanji better than hiragana _
18 Jun 09
Actually it depends whether you studied hiragana or katakana first. Myself, I learned hiragana first before katakana, so I said hiragana is easier. I have a purpose to learn hiragana before katakana. First, it is more international. If I write japanese in katakana, some people will said its not japanese enough, so, hiragana is required. Secondly, in japanese language, hiragana is more common than katakana. Most of japanese is written in hiragana or kanji. So for me, hiragana is become a priority. But, if you want to learn katakana, its easier to write than hiragana.
3 Apr 09
Hiragana is far easier to learn because it consists of mainly curved lines or loops unlike katakana which is boxy and is somewhat confusing - and hiragana is also more useful for the native Japanese because it's what they use to write local terms whereas katakana is used to write foreign words (such as foreign names or words derived from english words). Thanks for the response on my discussion!
30 Mar 09
When I was studiying Japanese we had to learn hiragana before katakana or kanji. I think that hiragana was relatively easy to learn, but I haven't written Japanese for a long time, so I don't know if I still remember how to write it. I think that hiragana is easier to remember than katakana, but I am not sure, because I didn't get around to writing katagana in school, I just practiced a bit on my own. Kanji is the most difficult part, I started learning some of the basic ones, but reading kanji is easier than writing it and I never actually tried writing kanji.