The Four Types of Kanji

象形・指事・会意・形声 Kanji, ideograms that constitute a bulk of the Japanese written language, come in four rough types. Pictographs, Indicators, Combographs, and Meaning-and-Sound Borrowers. The first type is pictographs which stand in for the actual thing they represent. Some researchers claim fewer than 4% are actually pictographs. 1 象形文字 しょうけいもじ 人 biped (human)女 woman手 hand田 ricefield子Continue reading “The Four Types of Kanji”

What does 「すみません」 actually mean?

The definitions of 「すみません」「すみません」の定義 「すみません」 is the standard polite form of 「すまない」 and is used when, with your present company you wish to express: 謝罪 an apology 感謝 a sense of gratitude 依頼 when you wish to request something Often translated as “Excuse me,” the word 「すみません」 has three subtle senses that may help explainContinue reading “What does 「すみません」 actually mean?”

How to Input Japanese via Keyboard

「キーボードで日本語の入力」 “Japanese Input via Keyboard” Modern Mobile Japanese Input Methods Each button is actually a mask of five letters. Since Japanese is consonant-vowel pairs you can simply choose the correct consonant (K or T) and then choose the correct vowel (A or O) and end up with your result when you release (KA or TO).Continue reading “How to Input Japanese via Keyboard”

Twenty Vowels English Make, Simply Seven Japanese.

English in all its glory has pure vowels 12 and 8 vowels glide. Compare this with Japanese that has 5 vowels. “Pure” Vowels of English/ı/as in hit/ɪ/ as in read/e/ as in bed/æ/as in bat/ɑː/as in hard/ɒ/ as in shot/ɔː/ as in short/ʊ/as in full/uː/ as in school/ʌ/ as in hut/ɜː/as in alert/ə/ as in aloudContinue reading “Twenty Vowels English Make, Simply Seven Japanese.”

Japanese Complete First Lessons Live

Japanese Complete is now live with the initial batch of lessons, subscribe today and get access to the ninja training grounds for Japanese understanding.

Techniques for Rapid Fluency Acquisition of Japanese

Thirty years of linguistics theory culminates in an approach synthesized for highly effective learning. The trends of the modern-day era expire daily, and it is often in the guise of research that new media hit the streets of the world of academia. However, scholarly articles may not present new truths but they do solidify theContinue reading “Techniques for Rapid Fluency Acquisition of Japanese”

Language Blending

Language Blending, also referred to as Translanguaging, the creation of Bridge Language, and also sometimes Multilinguality, is cross-language teaching and elucidation that yields rapid conceptual understanding and meta-linguistic comprehension, almost as if multiple cities were each being built in the landscape of the brain, and the routes and paths between each city were getting stronger the more the languages were criss-crossed.

Japanese Complete Minimum Remarkable Product Released

Reference-Quality Online Text and Interactive Drills. Get a Supporter Subscription before December 1st, save 83% on the standard rate. Japanese Complete is a new language learning platform based on Language Blending and effective repetition. The 3-5 year curriculum takes one All The Way. The Iroha is a Japanese pangram for the Kana. Created byContinue reading “Japanese Complete Minimum Remarkable Product Released”