What_s Japanese_09 - English Singular ex book Plural ex...

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What is Japanese? Pronunciation Accent Grammar Writing system Let s Compare English & Japanese
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Pronunciation 1. Vowels & Consonants (number of sounds) English has more sounds than Japanese. ex. a go, a pple, u ncle 2. English : Syllables can end with a consonant . ex. Do g Japanese : Mora (syllable-like unit) usually ends with a vowel . ex. In u
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Accent English Stress ex. interesting First ‘i’ gets stress. Japanese High - Low ex. O mo shi ro I __----------__ low high low
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Word Order English Subject Verb Object I read books. S V O Word order determines the case. Japanese Subject Object Verb . S O V I book read Particles such as “ , “ indicate the case.
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Noun
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Unformatted text preview: English Singular ex. book Plural ex. book s Japanese No difference ex. book/ books Verb English Conjugate based on tense only. Ex. Eat-ate-eaten Japanese Conjugate by tense, aff./neg, potential, and so on. Ex. tense tabe masu / tabe mashita (non-past / past) aff./neg. tabe masu tabe masen (aff. / neg. ) Post/pre position • English Pre position I go to school . • Japanese Post position I school to go Writing System English Alphabet (Phonetic) I drink beer. Japanese Kana (Hiragana/Katakana=Phonetic) Kanji ( Chinese characters which represent meaning & sound) Hiragana Katakana Kanji...
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2012 for the course ASIANLAN 125 taught by Professor Endo during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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