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Usually start by hiragana, then katakana. With this you can learn kanji (reading on'yomi form 音読み{おんよみ}, kun'yomi form 訓読み{くんよみ}). When you get a kanji dictionary you can notice different ways to read the same kanji: on'yomi form 音読み{おんよみ} usually with reading in katakana kun'yomi form 訓読み{くんよみ} usually with reading in hiragana Here have an example of ...


Don't do that. You have to use katakana for foreign names in almost all cases (excluding Chinese names where kanji can be used). The only exception, maybe, is when you want to be a comedian/etc and want to play a childish, cute or simple-minded character under that hiragana name. The general impression of hiragana ばらく・おばま (instead of バラク・オバマ) is described ...

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