Kana? What’s kana?
Kana is hiragana and katakana, and I'm sure it includes furigana too. But before I explain what kana is, let me tell you WHY kana was is.
Most people know that the Japanese use a writing system called kanji. Kanji originated in
Kana is used to fill in the areas that kanji couldn't handle alone. Don't get scared, you don't need to learn kanji yet. A person needs to know about 2,000 kanji to be doing well in
Hiragana is the writing style Japanese people write with to write Japanese or Chinese originated words.
Katakana is used for writing foreign words coming from different countries like
Furigana is the little hiragana and katakana that is seen above kanji, so children who don't know kanji can read it. Since I know very little kanj, furigana is so useful to be able to read some books. However furigana isn't everywhere, so Kanji will eventually be needed.
Learning hiragana and katakana
It is extremely important to lean kana. Anyone striving to learn a language must be able to read and write it. On the kana charts page, there are listed all the kana you need to know. Of hiragana and katakana there are about 46 main symbols that you need to know. The rest are either modiflted with "ten ten", "maru" or are glides.
(If you see little boxes above, then the Japanese language pack is not installed on your computer.)
The first symbol is "sa" the 2nd one is "za" The two little lines to the top right of the symbol "za" are called "ten ten", they turn a "sa" into a "za" etc. See Kana charts for details.
Here the first one is a "ha", then 2nd one is a "pa". The little cirlce in the top right of the "pa" is called "maru". It makes a "ha" into a "pa" etc.
き plus や equels きゃ
Glides are made with any
き し ち に ひ み り ぎ じ び ぴ
や ゆ よ.
To make kya,sha, cha, nya,hya, mya, rya, gya, ja, bya, pya etc.
More coming soon!