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A hiragana-kanji mix can make reading a lot easier

Language Nov 5, 2018

A hiragana-kanji mix can make reading a lot easier

It's no news that Japanese writing is a complex affair. Apart from the sheer number of characters — 48 each for the hiragana and katakana syllabaries plus an almost open-ended number of kanji — there are also various rules about when to use what.