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Japanese and Chinese Written Characters. Xiashan Hughes March 10, 2014 World Literature A2. Origins of Japanese and Chinese Characters. Japanese originated from Chinese characters Chinese originated from Japanese? Ancient people 3000 years ago. Similarities . Both use ideograms

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japanese and chinese written characters

Japanese and Chinese Written Characters

Xiashan Hughes

March 10, 2014

World Literature

A2

origins of japanese and chinese characters
Origins of Japanese and Chinese Characters
  • Japanese originated from Chinese characters
  • Chinese originated from Japanese?
  • Ancient people 3000 years ago
similarities
Similarities
  • Both use ideograms
  • 70%-80% with same character meaning
  • Mistakes often made
history and interactive influences
History and interactive influences
  • Chinese monosyllabic, Japanese polysyllabic
  • After WWII both simplified language
  • 简体字 (jiǎntǐzì) “simplified Chinese characters”
  • 新字体 (shinjitai)“Simplified Japanese characters”
  • Katakana, hiragana, kanji
chinese spoken language
Chinese Spoken language
  • Hanzi漢字
  • Simplified easier to tell apart
  • Mandarin/Cantonese
  • 多音字 duoinzi “multiple reading characters”
japanese character pronunciation
Japanese Character Pronunciation
  • Kanji 漢字
  • a, e, I, o, u
  • consonant/vowel
cited
Cited
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  • Grigg, Hugh. "East Asia Student." Hanzi and kanji: differences in the Chinese and Japanese character sets today. N.p., 30 Jun 2013. Web. 25 Feb 2014. < http://eastasiastudent.net/regional/hanzi-and-kanji>.
  • Vogler, Daniel. "An Overview of the Japanese Language." . N.p., 20 Mar 1998. Web. 25 Feb 2014. < http://eastasiastudent.net/regional/hanzi-and-kanji>.
  • "Char4U." History of Chinese Writing. N.p., 25 Aug 2013. Web. 25 Feb 2014. < http://eastasiastudent.net/regional/hanzi-and-kanji>.