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Written Japanese

6,Written Japanese


Naturally, a real grasp of Japanese includes a sound knowledge of the 仮名(kana) syllabaries and the characters, known as 漢字(kanji). However, we base our decision on whether to teach written Japanese on the length of time a student will stay in Japan, the amount of time available for study, personality
  and interests. For certain students, teaching the written language is not advisable; for others, it is done as a matter of course once a certain level has been reached. The total number of 平仮名 (hiragana) and
 片仮名 (katakana) together reaches 100, as against the 26 letters of the alphabet.
 However, while there is often very little relation between spelling and pronunciation in alphabetic languages, in written Japanese, 仮名(kana) are used as they are pronounced.As for 漢字(kanji), we believe there is too much emphasis on the difficulties of learning them and not enough on their brevity, creativity, traditions and sheer beauty as a means of expression. In fact,
learning 漢字(kanji) initially is really not so difficult - after all, Japanese school children learn the 881 教育漢字 (kyoiku kanji - educational characters), by the age of 12 and the full total of 1,945 常用漢字 (joyo kanji - common-use characters) by the age of 15.
The real difficulty with 漢字 (kanji) is remembering them and even Japanese people forget them if they do not see them or write them regularly. Indeed, it would appear that constantly reading 漢字 (kanji) is the minimum requirement for remembering, while writing them is the only guarantee against forgetting them.

We are often asked how many 漢字 (kanji) one should know in order to be able to read a newspaper or a magazine. It probably requires 1,500 or so, but even if you cannot manage that,you will certainly get good returns on your investment. Many of our graduates are now able to manage their business entirely in Japanese and we strongly recommend those who are to stay five years or more to study the written language as well.



 
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1,Japanese and You

2,Learning Japanese

3,Nihongo Institute

4,Teaching Method

5,Texts and Teaching Aids

6,Written Japanese

7,Types of Lessons,Courses

8,Arranging Your Lessons
                                     
                                 
 
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