Learning a new language is never easy, even with languages as similar as (for example) English and Spanish. Between having nothing in common, and the sheer popularity of picking it up, a lot of strange mystique has wrapped itself around the idea of learning Japanese, often leaving people thinking
Last time, we went over some of the most common supposed stumbling blocks to learning Japanese: Structure, kanji, and all the people telling you that it just can't be done, as well as how to deal with it. In this article, we'll be following up with a few last tips to get you started.
In this article we are going to look at the names of the days of the week in Japanese. Not only are these names essential beginners’ vocabulary items, but they also provide a good way to learn some basic kanji. Most of the kanji used for the days of the week are derived from pictographs representing the sun and moon and elemental concepts such fire, water, wood, metal, and earth.