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From this this paper, in an extract authored by one Mr. Sekino (関野) in 1943:  普及会に於ては日本語教育の課程を便宜上四期(各期三ヶ月)に分けて 次の要領に依つて教授して居る。 第一期 「ローマ」字を用ひて正しき発音を教授し、「カタカナ」を用ひて 「ハナシコトバ」の教授を主眼とし、更に日本語の基礎文型を知らしめる。  教材として国際学友会編纂「日本語教科書」基礎篇を使用する。 第二期 「ひらがな」を用ひ、教材として前記「日本語教科書」巻一中よ  り適宜選択する。  本期より漸次歴史的仮名遣を教授する。 第三期及第四期 夫々前記「日本語教科書」巻二、巻三中より教材を選択  して教授する。 ...


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Hiragana are used for native Japanese words, but also very commonly for kanji, even for onyomi. Readings of kanji can be split up into 3 broad types: On'yomi These are readings taken from the Chinese mainland when kanji were imported to Japan. The reason why there are so many is that kanji sometimes took readings of chinese characters from different ...


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I don't exactly know what you mean by "translations", but kanji have different readings, on'yomi readings (which are adapted from the original Chinese) and kun'yomi readings (which have nothing to do with the Chinese reading, but map a native Japanese word to a kanji). To distinguish the "type" (on'yomi vs. kun'yomi) of these readings, the on'yomi is ...


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いちご is a native Japanese word, which is almost as old as the written records of Japanese itself. (Apparently it first appears as イチビコ in the 日本書記{にほんしょき} (8th century) and as イチゴ two centuries later in the 倭名類聚抄{わみょうるいじゅしょう}.) As practically all native Japanese words (like 雨{あめ} rain, 村{むら} village, etc.), いちご, too, was assigned a corresponding kanji from ...


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What is a "corner" shaped like? ;) In addition to drawing your attention by being unusual, it's visually appropriate for the meaning. I'd suggest it's as much/more a graphic design choice than any linguistic emphasis.


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First of all, saying 隅っこ versus just 隅 is something of a colloquialism to begin with. And writing it with a コ instead of こ seems like a stylistic choice by a marketing team who is trying to be as cute as possible. Look at how katakana is used in advertising and you will find many examples of how something normally written in hiragana/kanji has been ...



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