About writing system(Phonetic Character/Ideographic Character/Logographic Character)

Ladies and gentlemen, here, Leciel explains the writing system, Bow-Wow(^^♪


The so-called "character" can be roughly classified into the following 3 categories, Ruff-Ruff!
①Phonetic characters: a system of characters that represents a phoneme or a syllable with a single character.
② Ideographic characters: A system of characters in which each character represents a meaning.
③Logographic characters: A system of characters in which each character represents not only its meaning but also its pronunciation at the same time.


It's a bit difficult, so I'll use 桃舟(Toshu)-sensei's 桃"Peach" as an example.
①Typical phonetic characters are "alphabetic character" "Hiragana" and "Katakana".
A, B, C, あ(a), い( i), う(u), カ(ka), キ(ki), ク(ku), etc. cannot express the meaning in a single character, but by combining characters such as "PEACH", "もも", and "モモ", the meaning is converted into words and pronunciation such as "PEACH", "モモ", and "もも".
In the case of "Hiragana" and "Katakana", they only mean the sound, so even if you write "もも" or "モモ", people might imagine "thighs" or "thigh meat" instead of a fruit peach.


②Representative ideographic characters are "Arabic numerals".
1, 2, and 3 are characters that represent meanings (numbers), not the pronunciation of characters. Arabic numerals are used all over the world and read differently.
In other cases, "emoji" and "emoticon" are also classified as ideographic characters. "🍑" represents a peach, but people are free to read it.


③Kanji is a typical example of Logographic characters. Ruff-Ruff!!
The single character of means 桃"Peach", and at the same time, the pronunciation of "momo" and "tou" is also used, so it is called Logographic characters.
By the way, ancient Egyptian script is also classified as Logographic characters.


There are phonetic characters (Alphabet, Hiragana, Katakana, and Hangul...) and Logographic characters (Kanji), but only in Japan can use both.
From the Chinese characters that came from China, Japan has created a new culture of its own, such as Hiragana and Katakana. That's why Japanese is considered the most difficult language in the world.
Japanese people are really dexterous people. (^^♪