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17 June 2005 @ 05:32 pm
Welcome to Japanese for the Complete Beginner.  
Hello everyone, my name is Ariel. I started this community so that I could keep the Japanese I have learned thus far at college fresh in my mind, as well as to help all of you guys if you are just starting (or are interested in) studying Japanese. The book I work with is called Genki, by The Japan Times. I will try to be thorough enough so that people who do not have access to the book will understand what I am talking about, and add pictures when appropriate.

Before I begin, There are some very basic things you need to know.

1) In Japan, Japan is not Japan; It's called "Nihon"
2) There are 3 different alphabets in Japanese:
a) Hiragana (the simplest form of the alphabet, it's what you should learn first)
b) Katakana (characters used for foreign words, this is what you should memorize next)
c) Kanji (by far the most difficult, there are about 2,000 characters to learn, but we will cover them in time)*

To help you get started, I am going to give you guys the links to a few useful pages so you can learn the first two alphabets quickly:

For Hiragana, go here: http://www.thejapanesepage.com/readarticle.php?article_id=2
For Katakana, go here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2048.html (note: The Katakana syllables make the same sound as the Hiragana)

For extra practice, you can visit this page: http://members.aol.com/writejapan/hiragana/writutor.htm (it's useful if you want to learn correct stroke order-- an essential part of writing Japanese!)

That's all for now, I'll post the next lesson soon! ^^
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
yalla, yalla! // .ali.crux_australis on February 26th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to learning from this...but...how can I join this comm? Or is simply friending okay?
rapturous_heartrapturous_heart on February 26th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
hey there ^^. You can join this community by clicking 'Info'. As the first line of the info page, it should give you an option to join. Hope to see you soon!
yalla, yalla! // .ali.crux_australis on February 26th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
Oh! I tried it, but this turned out: "Sorry
This community is closed to new members. If you wish to join, please contact one of the following maintainers: rapturous_heart "

Hope you can get back to me on this. ^^ Thanks!
rapturous_heartrapturous_heart on February 27th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
alright~ fixed it ^^ You are now a member!
yalla, yalla! // .ali.crux_australis on February 27th, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks! ^^
hi.eina: somedayin__conspicuous on June 22nd, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
Awesome! This'll be perfect for my summer goal of learning Japanese ^-^

*watches the community*

tomar13 on July 1st, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
I would like to join, too! Thanks!
rapturous_heartrapturous_heart on July 2nd, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
all done ^.^ you are now free to post if you like~ feel free to ask questions and I will try to answer them!
tomar13 on July 2nd, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! Mostly I'm interested in learning Japanese for entertainment reasons, manga, anime, video games, sushi and baseball. Go Ichiro!
maydragonfly on July 26th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
*shakes own cage quietly* lemmein! <<;