Monday, December 15, 2008


JLPT is the examination to award a certificate of your japanese level.
you can refer to this link for details.
i am gonna try to take a level 2 examination by end of this year.
So a lot of study need to be done to achieve for level 2 .
It is more difficult than level 3 definitely!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Part 5 Japanese sound symbolism

This article describes sound symbolic or mimetic words in the Japanese Language. Most languages have such words; for example, "bang", "zap", "ding", "slither", "pop", etc. in english. Sound symbolic words occur more often in Japanese (and Korean as well, although this article will only be concerned with the former) than in English—they are found in formal as well as vernacular language.

These words cannot be considered onomatopoeia. Many mimetic words in Japanese are for things that don't make any noise originally, most clearly demonstrated by しいんと shiinto, meaning "silently".

credits to wikipedia ..


じろじろ(と)[見る] = [see] intently (=stare)
jirojiro (to) miru

きらきら(と)[光る] = [shine] sparkling
kirakira (to) [hikaru]

ぎらぎら(と)[光る] = [shine] dazzling
giragira (to) [hikaru]

どきどき(と)する  = a throbbing heart
dokidoki (to) suru

しんと [する] = [be] quiet
shinto [suru]

ぴんぴん[している] = [being (doing)] lively

#credits to wikipedia

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Part Four: Kanji

Kanji are the Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese logographic writing system along with hiragana (ひらがな, 平仮名), katakana (カタカナ, 片仮名), Arabic numerals, and the occasional use of the Latin alphabet. The Japanese term kanji (漢字) literally means "Han characters".

Chinese characters first came to Japan on articles imported from China. An early instance of such an import was a gold seal given by the emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty in 57 AD[1]. It is not clear when Japanese people started to gain a command of Classical Chinese by themselves. The first Japanese documents were probably written by Chinese immigrants. For example, the diplomatic correspondence from King Bu of Wa to Emperor Shun of the Liu Song Dynasty in 478 has been praised for its skillful use of allusion. Later, groups of people called fuhito were organized under the monarch to read and write Classical Chinese. From the 6th century onwards, Chinese documents written in Japan tended to show interference from Japanese, suggesting the wide acceptance of Chinese characters in Japan.

The Japanese language itself had no written form at the time kanji was introduced. Originally texts were written in the Chinese language and would have been read as such. Over time, however, a system known as kanbun (漢文) emerged, which involved using Chinese text with diacritical marks to allow Japanese speakers to restructure and read Chinese sentences, by changing word order and adding particles and verb endings, in accordance with the rules of Japanese grammar.

Chinese characters also came to be used to write Japanese words, resulting in the modern kana syllabaries. A writing system called man'yōgana (used in the ancient poetry anthology Man'yōshū) evolved that used a limited set of Chinese characters for their sound, rather than for their meaning. Man'yōgana written in cursive style became hiragana, a writing system that was accessible to women (who were denied higher education). Major works of Heian era literature by women were written in hiragana. Katakana emerged via a parallel path: monastery students simplified man'yōgana to a single constituent element. Thus the two other writing systems, hiragana and katakana, referred to collectively as kana, are actually descended from kanji.

In modern Japanese, kanji are used to write parts of the language such as nouns, adjective stems and verb stems, while hiragana are used to write inflected verb and adjective endings (okurigana), particles, native Japanese words, and words where the kanji is too difficult to read or remember. Katakana is used for representing onomatopoeia, non-Japanese loanwords, certain naming, and for emphasis on certain words.

Because of the way they have been adopted into Japanese, a single kanji may be used to write one or more different words (or, in most cases, morphemes). From the point of view of the reader, kanji are said to have one or more different "readings". Deciding which reading is meant depends on context, intended meaning, use in compounds, and even location in the sentence. Some common kanji have ten or more possible readings. These readings are normally categorized as either on'yomi (or on) or kun'yomi (or kun).

These are some links that might be useful for us to learn more about Kanji :
Kanji A Day . com

Real Kanji website

kanji dictionary

#credits to wikipedia

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Part Three: katakana

Katakana (片仮名, カタカナ or かたかな, Katakana) is a Japanese syllabary, one component of the Japanese writing system along with hiragana, kanji, and in some cases the Latin alphabet. The word katakana means "fragmentary kana", as the katakana scripts are derived from components of more complex kanji.

Katakana are characterized by short, straight strokes and angular corners, and are the simplest of the Japanese scripts.

There are two main systems of ordering katakana: the old-fashioned iroha ordering, and the more prevalent gojūon ordering.

In modern Japanese, katakana are most often used for transcription of words from foreign languages (called gairaigo). For example, "television" is written terebi (テレビ, terebi). Similarly, katakana is usually used for country names, foreign places, and personal names. For example America is written アメリカ Amerika (America also has its own kanji (ateji) Amerika (亜米利加, Amerika) or for short, Beikoku (米国, Beikoku) which literally means "Rice Country").

Katakana are also be used for onomatopoeia, words used to represent sounds; for example pinpon (ピンポン, pinpon), the "ding-dong" sound of a doorbell, would usually be written in katakana.

Technical and scientific terms, such as the names of animal and plant species and minerals, are also commonly written in katakana.
*credits to Wikipedia*

Let's see the table of katanaka together with their sounds in roman.

Now everybody here are able to read katakana right?
Ok to confirm whether you are really understand katakana or not,
let me give you some homeworks .
How about creating your own / nick names in katakana,
or try to spell your country names in katakana.


correction: マレーシア (Malaysia) Thanks Aida-chan for your comment.

p/s: My nick name is Mai,convert to katakana it will be like this ( マイ) 、luckily Japanese people always use Mai for their daughter's name.It also can be written as 舞 in kanji character, meaning (dance).

Part Two : Hiragana

Japanese language is usually written in three methods :
Hiragana, katakana and Kanji.

Therefore many people believe that japanese is hard to learn because they need to memorize these three methods.
But don't worry guys , old japanese always said :

Ganbareba Nandemo Dekiru (If you work harder, anything will possible to get)

The following chart shows the hiragana together with their romaji (read in romaji).

Let's see how hiragana is used in japanese writing.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Part One : Self Introduction

Self Introduction or Jiko Shoukai .
This is a conversation between Oshin (japanese) and Maisara(malaysian).
Let see how they do introduce each other using japanese.
Maisara : Konnichiwa (Good Evening)
Oshin : Konnichiwa Dozo O-kake Kudasai.(Good Evening,Please have a sit).
Maisara : Arigatou Gozaimas. (Thank You)
Oshin : Onamae wa nan desu ka .(what is your name)
Maisara : watashi no namae wa Maisara desu.(My name is Maisara).
Oshin : Doko kara kimashitaka ( Where are you come from ? )
Maisara : Watashiwa Mare-shia kara kimashita. ( I am from Malaysia. )
Oshin : Ima dochira ni osumai desu ka . (where do you live now? )
Maisara : Chiba ni sundeimasu. ( I live in Chiba).
common sentence for self introduction are given as below :
1)Kazoku wa go nin desu. ( There are five peoples in my family)
2)shumi wa nan desu ka .(what is your hobby ).
3)shumi wa karaoke desu.(my hobby is karaok).
4)sou desu. (that’s right).
5)[country] kara kimashita.(I’m from [country]).

The Common Words for self introduction:
Watashi - me ,my
kazoku - Family
nihon - japan
shumi - hobby
onnanoko - girl
otoko - boy
ogenki des ka - how are you?
genki des - i’m fine
suwaru - sit
namae - name
watashino - my
~kara - from ( place)


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As you all know most Japanese ppls do not speak english well,
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