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Difference in character styles?

paul-r251 December 8, 2013, 7:49 pm
I'm still familiarizing myself with the basics of Japanese, but it doesn't seem like the Hiragana lessons match up with some Hiragana tables I have for reference. Are there different ways of writing characters? I noticed a big difference between the lessons 'Ki' and the Hiragana tables. Is there a formal and informal way of writing these characters?

Thank you in advance.
Difference in character styles?
2679 December 8, 2013, 9:53 pm
There may just be a difference in font used by your computer to draw those characters.

This might help you http://www.firegrubs.com/images/chokochoko/hiraganahandwriting.pdf
Difference in character styles?
paul-r251 December 9, 2013, 12:47 am
That's very helpful, thank you! I'll bookmark this!

The link also shows my issue, too. For Ki and Sa, the print example shows a full semi-circle for the last stroke, but the written area shows an example of just a line; if that makes sense? The same goes for Ko: the video example given in the lesson looks like two arced lines, but the print shows something different. Maybe i'm over complicating this.

Is there just a difference between print and hand written and they both mean the same thing?
Difference in character styles?
2679 December 9, 2013, 2:36 pm
Both the videos here and the link that I gave you are correct.
I'd incline to say that those in the video are a bit more precise, however, it all depends on the handwriting that the person has "adopted" .

Don't sweat it, either one is ok. Just go with the ones that are easier for you to write .
Difference in character styles?

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