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Japanese Language & Haiku


Christine Poop

on 3 May 2010

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Transcript of Japanese Language & Haiku

Japanese Language & Haiku Japanese is spoken by over 130 million people. Haiku is Japanese Poetry. Japanese is written using a combination of three scripts: Chinese Characters, and two syllabic scripts made up of modified Chinese characters. (kanji) (hiragana & katakana) Haiku consists of 17 moras, or in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras. By: Christine Trautman, Mackenzie Blank, and Acacia Davis. A mora is a unit of sound used in phonology that determines syllable weight. In comparison with other languages, Japanese knows relatively few sounds, and pronunciation poses little problems to most learners. There are many homonyms, (words that are pronounced the same way, but have different meanings.) Japanese is originally written vertically, with the lines starting from the right side of the page. There is another way that is identical to English by starting from the top left hand side, with each line written horizontally. Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences. They usually use simple words and grammar. The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. Haiku doesn't rhyme. The Rose
Donna Brock

The red blossom bends

and drips its dew to the ground.

Like a tear it falls
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