Theses things happen to me all the time!!!!
1. How do you say this word in X language?
2. Say anything in this language
3. My son/daughter is a genius
4. Speaking the language for the first time with a native
5. You mix languages all the time Continue reading
Aggeliki (Chloe Acorn) jump off the balcony on her 11th birthday with a disturbing smile. The family denies the suicide; they claim that was an accident and continue with their routine. There is an investigation, but apparently there is nothing wrong with the family. As the days pass, the disturbing relationship between the family members is exposed and the reason of Aggelilki’s suicide is revealed.
The first post on the Japanese alphabet introduced some basics of writing. Now, in this second part, we will learn some details.
Modified Hiragana and katakana
The Japanese has three diacritical symbols that change the hiragana or the katakana. The most common among them is the dakuten or ten-ten, that consist in two small lines placed at the top right of the kana, it is similar to the quotes of the Roman alphabet (゛).
Image from: http://www.kanjipower.com/jws/image/hiragana2.gif
The handakuten or maru is similar to our degree symbol (゜). It modifies only the kanas “ha”, “hi”, “hu”, “he” and “ho”.
Image from: http://www.kanjipower.com/jws/image/hiragana3.gif
The Japanese alphabet has, in fact, three different types of writing: the katakana, the hiragana and the kanji.
The hiragana consists of 46 syllables and is used on a daily basis to replace the words that are not commonly written with kanji. However, any Japanese word can be written using hiragana. Therefore, this is the first alphabet learned by children and is used in children’s books, since they know fewer kanjis. Hiragana is also used to write particles, endings of verbs and adjectives.
Hiragana table. Image from:http://www.comoaprenderjapones.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/alfabeto-japones-hiragana.jpg