View topic - kana vs kanji
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Japanese written in all kana is understandable (as long as really technical terms derived from Chinese are avoided), but is often harder to parse than mixed kanji/kana text.
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As I understand it, one who communicates entirely in kana is perceived as stupid (or at the very least, "uneducated"), even if they can be understood.
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Don't look at kanji as too much of an obstacle - it's really not. No more than the thousands upon thousands of words you'll have to learn anyway. It's just something you need to become familiar with, so take any chance to read and write them.
Be careful not to over-do it, though. Some students go kanji-conversion happy when they start typing Japanese on the computer. This leads to countless miss-conversions, and very confusing sentences. So, don't try to use too many kanji that you haven't seen before - at least, not without looking up the word you want to use in a dictionary first.
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