Thursday, May 17, 2007

Noren, a curtain of a shop 2

Noren, a curtain of a shop 2, Kyoto
This white cloth is a Noren, hang at the entrance of Japanese restaurant, showing people outside that the shop is open now.

By the way, the mixture of the Chinese character and the illustration says, a bird, Tori(鳥) in Japanese. The shape of this character derives from the shape of some bird.

Only one Chinese character can have a specific meaning, quite unlike the alphabet. But it is rather hard to learn the characters. Because there are a lot of characters, compared with the alphabet. The alphabet is only 26 but Chinese characters, used in Japanese newspaper, are said to be more than 3,000.

I think it is hard for foreigners to learn Japanese partly because of a lot of Chinese characters.

To Raquel,
We have learned about 1,000 characters in 6 years of elementary school and other 1,000 in 3 years of junior high school. So take it easy!!


At 5/18/2007 2:18 PM, Anonymous Raquel said...

Doomo arigato!!! =O))

Thanks for the nice information, you are so kind as usual =O)), and to cheer me up too!!!.

Japanese grammar, for a Hispano-talker, ummm.. is OK, but as you say, the hard core is learning by heart the Kajis ( Chinese characters). Pufff. Do I have to learn 2.000 Kanjis???, I only know now around 30 =O(. sniff, sniff....

In any case, it's so beautiful learn your language, even though I finish crazy =O))

A great kiss,

At 5/18/2007 7:54 PM, Blogger julia said...

We learn more about your customs, cute. My daughter studied Japanese in High school and Uni and liked it, but, yes, I recall how she didnt look forward to learning more and more and more characters.

At 5/19/2007 9:05 PM, Blogger macky said...

You will get 2,000 Kanji more crazy! But don't worry!! It takes nine years for me to learn 2,000 Kanji. So take it easy.

The numbers of Kanji, Chinese characters, are so big, anyway. It took just one day for me to learn the alphabet but nice years to learn the Kanji!! I think it takes perseverance to learn them, anyway.


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