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7.2. Topics and focuses The topic and the focus are concepts commonly found in human languages. Topics are old information, which you have...
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7.1. Cases and postpositions Cases are markers of the grammatical roles of nouns. In most European languages, the inflexion of articles...
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6. Greetings English:Hello. / Good afternoon. Kana:こんにちは。 Romanization:Ko n ni ti wa* * This is a single-kana postposition whose actual sound...
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5.5. The months and the days 5.5.1. The months Japanese lost the names of months hundreds of years ago, and now months are called with...
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5.4. Decimals and fractions 5.4.1. Decimals The Chinese invented decimals thousands of years ago, and decimals have been commoner than fractions...
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5.3. Counters 5.3.1. Basic counters To count things in Japanese, you cannot put nouns immediately after a number. Counters, which are added...
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5.2. Large numbers The East Asian number system is based on ten thousand, which means multiplying ten thousand to a unit makes the next unit...
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5.1. Small numbers 5.1.1. Small integers Being entirely decimal, the way of counting numbers (かず "kazu") in Japanese is much easier than in...
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4.6. Punctuation The Japanese period and comma are different in shape from English equivalents. The Japanese period is a small circle, and the...
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4.5. Katakana shapes 4.5.1. Comparison between hiragana and katakana Some katakana look like the corresponding hiragana, but many of them are...
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4.4. Katakana table This is ごじゅうおんず "gozyûonzu" (kana table) of katakana (かたがな "katakana"). Note that kana in the table are written in the...
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4.3. Hiragana shapes 4.3.1. Hiragana fonts The following hiragana often have different shapes for different fonts. Since all the Japanese...
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4.2. Hiragana table A table of the hiragana (ひらがな "hiragana") is called ごじゅうおんず "gozyûonzu", which means a fifty-sound chart. It contains all the...
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4.1. Romanised Japanese in English The words at the beginning of sentences, as well as proper nouns, are written with a capital letter in...
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3.2. Double hiragana used only for imported words The double hiragana shown here are used only for imported words. You don't have to memorise...
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Double hiragana for consonants + y + vowels A double kana consists of two kana, but it stands for a single mora, not two morae. All of the double...
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2.11. Hiragana for /N/, /Q/, and /H/ /N/: HiraganaRomanisationPronunciationDescription んn' (before a vowel or y) n (otherwise) (m before m/p/b...
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2.10. Hiragana for w + vowels w + vowels: HiraganaRomanizationPronunciationDescription わwa[ wa ] ListenJapanese "w" + Japanese "a". Japanese "w"...
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