Category: Japanese

Spaces Are Futile

Japanese writing system is hard enough by using several thousand kanji, why make it even harder? Yet it is: in Japanese there are no spaces between words.

Any text is just a string of kanji mixed with few punctuation marks and kana. Moreover, it comes in two flavors: a left-to-right horizontal string of characters, and a top-to-bottom, right-to-left vertical one.

Let’s look at a simple example.

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How to Memorize Kana in 60 Minutes

Written by Yuri Karabatov. Follow me on Twitter.

I’ve finally started on Japanese, and there’s not much time until December, when I’m taking the JLPT.

My mission for today was to memorize all Japanese kana characters, most of which you can see in the picture.

Kana Chart

I tried to do it once, several years ago, and failed miserably. It took me three days and even then I confused the characters. Those three days were my first and last days of learning Japanese.

This time, it took me 60 minutes.

What did I do right this time?

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