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Learning Japanese!

July 2, 2010

I have started learning Japanese. For no particular reason. Probably because origami and amigurumi are SOOOO cool. And because I need to improve my visual memory.

Foreigners are supposed to start with katakana but I decided to learn hiragana first because I find it easier to remember. I’ve already gone through the first 4 rows of gojuon. Writing is somewhat tricky because Latin & Cyrillic writing uses a different set of elements (lines at different angles, lines differently curved etc). Starting with katakana supposedly gives you the advantage of recognising and understanding loan words, but hiragana is just simpler. And Japanese words are surprisingly easy to learn. I guess that kanji are the main problem in learning Japanese but I hope I’ll cope with them.