Hi everyone. Konnichiwa.
I was playing with yellows and pinks to make my Japanese inspired page today. I stamped some kanji words on my page too, but I don't know what they mean.
There are 3 traditional written forms of language in Japan. Kanji are the symbols taken from Chinese (called hanzi in China) and are commonly used in Japanese writing. The other 2 forms are hiragana and katakana. They are all made of various lines to create symbols which are the "words" of the language. I don't know what each symbol means, and you may wonder how I know my stamped images are kanji. That's because the set I have says they are kanji. Smile.
I know when I visited Japan, I learned that speaking Japanese was easier than I thought. Not that I speak Japanese other than a few phrases. Because I'm limited to English and it's Latin letters that have specific sounds, I don't know how you would pronounce these "lines" that make up the written symbols. They look beautiful, but how would you say them? When I saw a written word, phrase or sentence, it seemed way too complex to have a simple verbal pronunciation.
I am sure people from non-Latin letter language places might have the same misconceptions (as I did with Japanese) when they see English, French, Spanish or other Latin letter language written out. It also makes sense that people can sometimes speak a language but not write or read that language.
The longest phrase we used in Japan was You're Welcome. There are many ways to say that phrase, depending on who you are speaking with. The formal way to say it, which is what we as visitors would use, is written like this in Japanese.
To pronounce this you would say ( this is not a true phonetically written break down but hopefully it works)
doughee tashee maw she tay (say it as one word, not several words)
Try to say that fast 3 times. It didn't roll off our tongues very easily at first, and we teachers all had a good laugh practicing it. (The kids at this point were living with their host families.)
I am linking this page to Elle's language challenge at Art Journal Journey.
Have a great start to your weekend.