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hiragana and katakana

Postby 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?
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RE: hiragana and katakana

Postby 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.
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RE: hiragana and katakana

Postby 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.
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