Japanese Punctuation

Q: When you read in Japanese what are some punctuations. and how come there is a long line of katakana and hiragana, can that be a sentence.   – Gladis

A: Traditionally Japanese doesn’t have any punctuation, but these days all the usual full stops, question marks etc. are included to make it a little easier.  The long line of symbols is because we don’t put spaces between words.  That might sound strange, but that’s where the kanji characters come in because once you can read those it’s easy to see where one word ends and the next starts and you realise you don’t really need spaces at all!

Be genki,

Richard

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