Last Updated or created 2023-10-05
My girlfriend sometimes asks me what country/language is that?
(When seeing written text or hearing people talk)
I’ve studied japanese a long time ago, and I still can read some characters. Sometimes the western words are translated using katakana.
Those are easier. ( For years i had a little card in my wallet with katakana, written a large japanese scroll on ricepaper, a computer demo and terminal tools)
Modern Japanese is written in a mixture of three basic scripts: Kanji — which are Chinese ideographic symbols — as well as Hiragana and Katakana — two phonetic alphabets (syllables). There are a few thousand Kanji characters, while Hiragana and Katakana have 46 each
ア a イ i ウ u エ e オ o
カ ka キ ki ク ku ケ ke コ ko
サ sa シ shi ス su セ se ソ so
タ ta チ chi ツ tsu テ te ト to
ナ na ニ ni ヌ nu ネ ne ノ no
ハ ha ヒ hi フ fu ヘ he ホ ho
マ ma ミ mi ム mu メ me モ mo
ヤ ya ユ yu ヨ yo
ラ ra リ ri ル ru レ re ロ ro
So mostly a consonant combined with a vowel.
A dash – for a dubble vowel, and a u can be silent.
My name is ヘンリ
In my mind i use below to identify languages.
- Indian: Lines with things hanging from it
- Thai: round stuff with circles
- Korean: straight lines with circles
- Chinese: Very busy lines (blocks filled with lines)
- Japanese: Blocks with lines alternated with simple characters
- Vietnamese: They borrow chinese characters, rest “western” with dots and ^ ‘ stuff
Spoken language is difficult to explain, but these guys nail it.