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These mini-workshops offer the beginning student of Japanese the opportunity to master quickly and efficiently the reading and writing of the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana. It is these two writing systems, in combination with the more complex kanji (ideograms which represent meaning), which constitute the written Japanese language.

Hiragana was developed from the cursive style of kanji in the beginning of the Heian era (794-1185). Its function is to represent sound rather than meaning, and it is used to write native Japanese words as well as verb inflections, adjectival endings, etc.

Katakana was developed in the Nara period (710-794)) by either simplifying the kanji imported from China or by squaring off its cursive style. It is used to represent foreign names and words imported into the Japanese language, for onomatopoeic and mimetic words, certain slang expressions, telegrams, technical terms, and so forth.

The hiragana and katakana workshops are taught by Ms. Kaori Kitta, who has taught JASGA Hiragana and Katakana - Beginning Preparatory Course in Fall 2010.  She teaches Japanese at Austin Japanese School and Japanese exploratory classes in Austin ISD.

February 13th, 2011 2:00 PM   through   4:00 PM
3700 North Hills Dr.
Murchison Middle School
Austin, TX 78731
United States
Phone: 512.656.4731
Katakana Workshop - JASGA Member $ 25.00
Katakana Workshop - Non-Member $ 30.00

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