How to Write Japanese in Japanese

When you start studying the Japanese language the first major difference that stands out is the different writing system.  We discuss Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, and Romaji in other articles on this site (see “writing Japanese“), but for now we are just going to cover how to write ‘Japanese’ in Japanese.  If you are going to study it, you should be able to write it, right?

The first and easiest way is to use Romaji, which is using the Roman alphabet, to spell out Japanese words.  Next, we can write it using Hiragana which is a way to write out the individual syllables, and finally, we can write it using the Japanese Kanji symbols.  So here is what  ‘Japanese’ looks like:

The word Japanese in Romaji is:

Nihongo

Using Hiragana it would be written as:

にほんご

Finally, written in Kanji, Japanese looks like this:

There you have it!  Now you know how to write ‘Japanese’ in Japanese.

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