Writing Japanese

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					          Writing Japanese
• Hiragana                • Katakana
46 sounds (5 vowels)      46 sounds (5 vowels)
Curved appearance         Straight, angular
Used for Japanese words      appearance
Eg: にほんご                  Used for foreign words
                          Eg: ニホンゴ
• Kanji                   • Romaji
2000 in daily use         Use Roman alphabet to
200 for GCSE                write sounds
Look like pictures        Eg: nihongo
Each one has a meaning
Eg: 日本語