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What is the difference between Katakana and Hiragana?

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    Katakana is used for names, especially people and places.

    Hiragana can be used to write anything in Japanese, but know that you should always use Katakana for names and Kanji when you are able to.

    Kanji is used when possible to simplify (hah!) and shorten words into single, complex characters.

    Furigana is basically small font Hiragana for Kanji. You'll see this at airports or other tourist locations where people might not know Kanji, like children or foreigners.

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    Wikipedia has some in depth information about the Japanese language system.

    I'm not sure if you're supposed to learn to read or speak Japanese first (seems like people have mixed opinions about this). Maybe other Japanese learners could chime in on what was effective for them...?

    There is a useful information also. Please look at this

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