How to Read Japanese Easy steps

Learn to Read Japanese
If you want to learn how to read japanese, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about read japanese. Japanese (日本語?, [nihoŋɡo] ( listen)) is a language spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities. It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family. There are a number of proposed relationships with other languages, but none of them has gained unanimous acceptance. Japanese is an agglutinative language. It is distinguished by a complex system of honorifics reflecting the nature of Japanese society, with verb forms and particular vocabulary to indicate the relative status of the speaker, the listener, and persons mentioned in conversation. The language has a relatively small sound inventory, and a lexically significant pitch-accent system. Japanese is a mora-timed language..

  1. Kana-
    The Japanese language is divided into three different writing scripts, known as the Hiragana, Katakana and the Kanji. The Hiragana and Katakana are both referred to as the ‘kana’. The Hiragana and Katakana each consist of 46 basic syllabaries, which can take on modifications through what’s known as the Youon and Dakuten/Hadakuten. Kana is made up of Hiragana (ひらがな) and Katakana (カタカナ). These two alphabets are the building blocks for Japanese. Hiragana is usually learned first and Katakana is learned second. The look of these two make it easy for you to spot them, as hiragana is more rounded while Katakana characters are more angular
  2. Begin learning Kanji-
    The Kanji come with more advanced study, and consists of many thousands of characters which each represent unique words, and the most difficult part of Japanese language is learning Kanji (漢字). Each Kanji represents a word or an idea. Many words are made by combining two or more Kanji and often times Hiragana as well. According to the Japanese Ministry of Education a person needs to know 1,945 Kanji to be fully literate and read most written Japanese material. Learning them all is a lifetime commitment, luckily you can read a lot without knowing all or even most of them
  3. Find manga with Furigana-
    Furigana (振り仮名?) is a Japanese reading aid, consisting of smaller kana, or syllabic characters, and also furigana is hiragana written next to Kanji. Once you have learned Kana, this will help with Kanji you do not know. Usually only Manga intended for a younger audience will have Furigana. However, you will likely find that you can still enjoy a lot of Manga even if you must read Manga with Furigana
  4. You will need Japanese to English dictionary-
    If you are serious about learning to read Japanese then you will want a dictionary that you can take with you wherever you want to read
  5. Practice and practice reading every day, at least 1 hour a day. It will also help you remember the characters if you practice writing them from time to time. You may also want to try and pronounce the characters as you are reading, as this can help greatly.
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How to Read Japanese Video
Below is also a video to help you learn how to Read Japanese.

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