Two types of Japanese script

karen-d151 December 29, 2014, 5:07 pm
Hi there,

I've just started RJ and was looking at the Japanese script. In each module there are two different types of japanese writing given for each translation...

E.G. おげんき です か?
O genki desu ka?
How are you?

What is the difference between the two types of writing? and which one should I be learning?

Two types of Japanese script
Robert-C7 December 29, 2014, 10:13 pm
The first scripts shown are Hirigana and Katakana. The second script is Kanji mixed with Hirigana and Katakana. Hirigana is a phonetic alphabet used for representing native Japanese words. Katakana is a parallel phonetic alphabet for representing foreign words. Kanji is a script derived from Chinese that I am guessing preceded Hirigana and Katakana.

The writing lessons should give you some idea of what order to learn these scripts: start with Hirigana, then Katakana, and then move onto Kanji.

The first writing lesson describes this quite nicely:
Two types of Japanese script

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