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how are you all able to write in kana characters? in this forum?
If you don't have the IME installed you can use Kana Chameleon.... but you have to type in romanji to get the kana, which could be counter productive.
I have to catch up, almost have the hirikana lessons done. Yay!
Once that part is in my head I should be able to do lessons 4 and 5 quickly since I already did JFBP chapters 1-3 in romanji.
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今日 can be pronounced both "kyou" and "konnichi."
"Kyou" means today, but "konnichi" has a wider meaning. "Konnichi" is used in writing and very formal speeches.
今日は was originally a part of a whole greeting such as 今日はご機嫌いかがですか (how are you [as for] today?) and later 今日は became a greeting all its own.
Of course, I hear the original meaning is almost lost and most Japanese tend to spell konnichiwa in hiragana rather than kanji.
So yes - 今日は does mean 'hello.'
Don't be so stubborn. We all make mistakes while learning Japanese and kanji can have more than one meaning, which makes learning it even more difficult. Admitting you're wrong about something and learning from it is the only way to learn Japanese. Believe me, I've been wrong about many things but it's okay when you learn from it.
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