July 04, 2013

Modern Japanese language is a mixture of kanji, hiragana, katakana and romaji



"Japan imported kanji some time during the first millennium to use as a writing system, despite there being no linguistic link between Japanese and Chinese. By around the eighth to ninth centuries, it had developed the hiragana syllabary, a system of consonant and vowel blends...Modern-day Japanese is a mixture of kanji, hiragana and katakana, with an increasing amount of Western script also thrown in, known as romaji, or Roman letters."










Source: 
For kanji, ancient writing collides with digital era
BY MIWA SUZUKI
July 3rd 2013
Japan Times

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