The Japanese writing system


   If you want to be able to read Japanese text, visit Japanese websites, travel in or live in Japan, You need to learn to read. Don't let the fact that there are so many characters in the language scare you, learning them is not as hard as it seems.

   To be able to fully read Japanese writing you need to learn three different writing systems;

   ● Katakana - Used for foreign words, animals + more

   ● Hiragana - Used for Japanese words + more

   ● Kanji - Chinese characters

   Romaji is the Japanese sounds symbolized by the roman alphabet. Romaji is not part of Japanese writing system, but it's used to teach those who can't read kanji or kana yet.