hiragana and katakana

Japanese, general discussion on the language
Post Reply
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon 07.09.2007 11:04 am

hiragana and katakana

Post by omryomry » Mon 07.09.2007 11:11 am

do i have to learn katakana to know japanese well? can't i use hiragana and kanji only?
and what's the difference between hiragana and katakana except for katakana is for foreign words?
Japanese is fun! :D
watashi wa nihongo ga suki desu

Posts: 443
Joined: Wed 02.14.2007 10:50 am

RE: hiragana and katakana

Post by Shirasagi » Mon 07.09.2007 11:18 am

To know it well? Um, yeah, it's a basic skill. In addition to foreign words, it's often used for flora and fauna, for effect, for slang, and in lieu of hiragana in some pre-war writing. It's pretty ubiquitous.
Josh Reyer

Posts: 198
Joined: Mon 10.16.2006 8:14 pm

RE: hiragana and katakana

Post by Teh_Freak » Mon 07.09.2007 11:36 am

You don't need to know any of the writting systems to know Japanese. Unless you plan on reading and writting that is.

Post Reply