Beginner Japanese/Introduction to the Japanese Language

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Reading[edit | edit source]

Words to know[edit | edit source]

  • About this sound Kanji : Chinese ideographic characters.
  • Kana: The syllabaries used to write Japanese words and particles using characters that represent syllables. The two syllabaries are called hiragana and katakana.
  • About this sound Rōmaji : Romanized Japanese.

Quiz[edit | edit source]

Please write all answers in lowercase and rōmaji, where applicable.

1   How would you write, "Cats eat mice" in Japanese?

2  English is an SVO (Subject Verb Object) language. What kind of language is Japanese? (Answer is possible with three letters or all written.)

3  What is the name for people of higher status and lower status (comma separated)

4  How many general-use characters set forth by the Ministry of Education should one know in order to be literate in Japanese?

5  What is the name of the group of general-use characters set forth by the Ministry of Education one should know in order to be literate in Japanese?

6  What are the names of the two syllabaries that make up the writing form Kana (comma separated)?


Learning Activites[edit | edit source]

  • Research more about the Japanese language and improve the Wikipedia entry on the Japanese language
  • Add more questions to the above quiz

External resources[edit | edit source]