-The Japanese Alphabet–
There are three types of Japanese alphabet:
1. Hiragana – traditional Japanese characters
2. Katakana – used for foreign words or sound effects
3. Kanji – traditional Chinese characters
There are 46 characters for hiragana and katakana, and about 1,800 kanji that are commonly used.
Start by learning hiragana and then katakana. Many words written in katakana are originally taken from English, German or French.
Do you know what these English words are?
All Japanese script can also be written with Roman letters. This is called romaji. The katakana words above are written in romaji as follows.