How many symbols are there in Japanese?
There are exactly 46 katakana symbols and 46
hiragana symbols, plus modifiers that expand those numbers to 71
There are officially 2,136 kanji characters, but most people know a few thousand more than that.
It is estimated that there are about 50,000 kanji in existence, but no one uses them all.
There is no exact number of symbols in Japanese language. It is possible to form infinite Japanese symbols. A university professor in Japan may know tens of thousands of symbols
The Japanese writing system is based on three main scripts: Kanji (Chinese Characters), Hiragana (a set of symbols that make up different words), and Katakana (another set of symbols used for sounds and foreign borrowings). If you learn to reconize the symbols of Hiragana and Katakana you will be able to defrinciate between the Chinese and Japanese written language. You will only see Kanji in Chinese while Japanese is fused with their own symbols. A…
46 in hiragana, 71 if you include modified symbols (with a " or circle to change the consonant sound). The same in katakana. Plus, I believe they use about 1800 kanji (symbols from Chinese). So, if you don't include combined characters (such as "shi+yo=sho") I would say there are about 1950 characters total in Japanese.
The generic name for all symbols in Japanese is "Kana." There are three sets of kana all used together, and each set has a generic name: Hiragana (set of phonetic symbols for syllables, used mainly for Japanese grammar words) Katakana (set of phonetic symbols for syllables, used mainly for foreign words) Kanji (chinese characters)
How can you find out what symbols on some drinking glasses mean Im not sure if they are Japanese or Chinese Any suggestions?
They could be Japanese OR Chinese. Many Japanese kanji (the symbols) were adapted from Chinese. There is no way to tell the difference unless you know that the symbols are from one language or another. You could always check with the person you bought them from--maybe they'd know. You can also buy a Japanese-English dictionary and see if the translation in it makes any sense. If it doesn't, try a Chinese-English dictionary. If you have…
Chinese uses a system of more than 60,000 different symbols that represent words, ideas, and names. Japanese only borrows about 2,000 of these Chinese symbols. It also uses 2 "alphabet-like" systems called syllabaries, which represent sounds. To write a Japanese sentence, you would use a mixture of these three writing systems. A person who only reads Chinese cannot read Japanese, and vice versa. However, they may be able to understand some symbols. [Note that Chinese…