Learning the Basics of Nihongo
Living in these modern times can be very fun and challenging, especially with the popularity of social media. What else is there to keep up with the times, aside from being a “techie”?
How about learning a second (or perhaps your third) language? Trying to learn a new one is a form of brain exercise.
Unsure of which language to study? Nihongo is one option that can be fun and beneficial at the same time. After all, Japan is just our neighboring country and it’s not far from reality that you could be visiting it in the near future. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could communicate with the locals there?
Apart from communicating with locals when you visit Japan or understanding anime or Japanese movies without reading the subtitles, here are some of the benefits of learning Nihongo:
Additional portfolio. Apart from your native language, it’s an added advantage if you speak or write in another language, especially if you want to apply for a job.
Job Option. Job opportunities are branched out, especially with increasing demand for workers in Japan. You can also apply for a Japanese translator job or a tourist guide for Japanese visitors in the Philippines.
Make more friends. Whether you make friends online or in person, it is easier to gain Japanese friends when you know how to speak their language. You can share your stories, interests and hobbies well. Likewise, you can teach them your native language.
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Last September, the Rizal Memorial Colleges in its Palayan City campus at the Palayan City Business Hub opened its door for the second batch of enrollees for the Nihongo (Japanese language) class. They provide the basics of understanding Nihongo, including the three different alphabets – Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji.
Hiragana. It is a Japanese syllabary, one component of the Japanese writing system. It is a phonetic lettering system. The word hiragana literally means “ordinary” or “simple” kana (“simple” originally as contrasted with kanji).
Hiragana is generally used for Japanese words and mainly used for grammatically purposes.
Katakana. The katakana, as well as hiragana, is a Kana system – syllabic Japanese scripts. The word katakana means “fragmentary kana” as its characters are derived from fragments of more complex kanji.
Katakana is often used for loanwords or onomatopoeia. It is also widely used in Japanese manga.
Kanji. These are the adopted logographic Chinese characters that are used in the Japanese writing system. Each character in kanji has its own meaning and corresponds to a word. This writing system is used alongside hiragana and katakana since some grammatical endings and words have no corresponding kanji.
These are the basics towards Nihongo fluency. The enjoyment and challenge of learning it can contribute more to your pliability, personality and character development.
To inquirer about Nihongo class at the Rizal Memorial Colleges at Palayan City Business Hub, you may visit 4/F Government Building, PCBH or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take it slow and have fun!