Japanese Symbols over Japanese Symbols?

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Japanese Symbols over Japanese Symbols?

Post by Namsuke » Wed 11.03.2010 8:19 pm

I have noticed this for a while and I am now dying to know... xP
Sometimes there are small Japanese symbols over bigger japanese symbols. What are they? For example: look at the top of this page, over "Let's learn Japanese together!"

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Re: Japanese Symbols over Japanese Symbols?

Post by chikara » Wed 11.03.2010 8:30 pm

They are called Furigana and they indicate the pronunciation of the kanji.
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Re: Japanese Symbols over Japanese Symbols?

Post by Namsuke » Thu 11.04.2010 4:03 pm

So... boldly, they tell us how to read that symbol. How to pronunciate it. For example: Christmas would probably have kris-mis over the word if they were to apply Furigana to the English language, am I right?

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Re: Japanese Symbols over Japanese Symbols?

Post by NileCat » Thu 11.04.2010 4:18 pm

Exactly. :)

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