Hi people My name's AmenoKitarou *as you all see* This is the place where only I post all my japanese lessons that I posted in the thread: "learning Japanese" created by NarutoUzumaki This is so that late-comer's or late starters don't need to go to the trouble of looking for my post in the other threads. As these lessons are written by me...they might be hell...so please post any to the thread: "learning japanese". ----------------------------------------------------------------- Welcome to japanese. Introduction: japanese is language that uses the phonics system meaning that it uses symbols for syllbales and combining those syllables will make words. Japanese's history: i'm not interested....no one should be LESSON 1 Before you start reading on, please check that your computer can read the japanese characters below: あ い う え お If not please change your page encoding to Japanese. Lesson 1 *cont'd* Japanese wrties with three kinds of scripts. 1. Hiragana. This is used for normal words and nearly everything. 2.Katakana used for sounds, western words, names and others 3. Kanji... Characters that are taken from the chinese language.Appropriate Kanji replaces some hiragana in words and phrases. why? I have no clue....to show sophistication...to save room...wteva~ For the first few lessons I'll do the lessons with Romaji (ponunciations) underneath the japanese sentence. until alot of ppl tell me that they can read japanese characters fine. First I'll give you the Hiragana list: take time to learn these. Hiragana あ い え う お a i u e o か き く け こ ka ki ku ke ko さ し す せ そ sa shi su se so た ち つ て と ta chi tsu te to な に ぬ ね の na ni nu ne no は ひ ふ へ ほ ha hi hu he ho ま み む め も ma mi mu me mo や ゆ よ ya yu yo ら り る れ ろ ra ri ru re ro わ を wa wo ん n sorry itz hard to read... Take your time to learn them slowly~ We don't need Katakana yet so i'll leave till later. Now I'll move onto the basics. Simple phrases that maybe you know already: Greetings: Hello *afternoon, day* こんにちは konnich wa Good morning おはよう ございます ohayou gozaimasu (note: when "u" follows "o", you stretch the "o" sound) good eveing こんばんは konban wa Good night おやすみなさい oyasumi nasai Note: Konnichiwa is not used for morning or night. Oyasumi nasai is only used when ur talking about going to bed. ***and for those who are going to try write these in hiragana: the "wa" in konnichiwa and Konbanwa is written as "ha". Next is: some common questions and phrases. What is your name? おなまえ は なんですか。 o namae wa nan deau ka? my name is BLAH わたし の なまえ は ＢＬＡＨ です。 watashi no namae wa BLAH desu. What is your phone number? でんわ ばんごう は なんばん ですか。 Denwa ban gou wa nan ban desu ka? My phone numer is BLAH わたし の でんわ ばんごう は ＢＬＡＨです。 watashi no denwa ban gou wa BLAH desu. ***same applies to all above. the "wa" is written as "ha"*** Finally for today is a vocabulary list for starters, and for those interested and keen, I've put the kanji down in front of each: 名前 = なまえ namae = name 何 = なに nani = what 何 = なん nan = what (is followed by "desu") 電話 = でんわ denwa = phone 電話番号 = denwa ban gou = phone number People: 私 = わたし = Watashi = I/me (for both sexes) 僕 = ぼく = boku = for boys Ｎ/Ａ = あたし = atashi = for girls (note that not all japanese words have kanjis) Ｎ／Ａ = あなた = anata = you 彼 = かれ = kare = he/him 彼女 ＝ かのじょ = kanojo = she/her That should do it for today.