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Hi, I am Hans and 49 years old. 私はハンスです。

I am new to this forum and I started learning Japanese about two weeks ago. I learn Japanese with the book sieres Japanese From Zero. I learn making simple sentences like: これは私の車です。 This is my car. Actually with the progressive alphabet (romanji and gradually replacing it with hiragana without katakana and kanji).

I prefer to make sentenses with kanji as early as possible because I can read kanji faster (when I know its meaning and sometimes its kun- and on-reading) than hiragana, how strange that may sound. I am especially interested in the kanji writing system. I learn about 3 or 4 new kanji each day. Most of them are of the first grade, but some are related to grammar, such as: 音読 (ondoku) and 訓読 (kundoku).
 
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Welcome, Hans. Your initial approach to learning Japanese sounds well-balanced, 3-4 new kanji each day is a way to go. Is there any particular reason for not learning katakana yet?

Also your introduction made me realize that 音読み (onyomi) and 訓読み (kunyomi) have 音読 and 訓読 alternative spellings (although i doubt which of two pairs are alternative)
 

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Welcome. If you had the determination to learn Esperanto well then I have no doubt your chances of learning Japanese are quite good.

Is there any particular reason for not learning katakana yet?
Would you believe I never did sit down and learn katakana?
 
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Japanese From Zero did not discuss katakana yet, but actually there is no reason not to learn katakana. That is, I should (start to) learn it. I also started learning kanji, so why not katakana as well?

I think 訓読 reads as kundoku kaj 訓読み as kunyomi. In one source I saw the first term, in another source the other...
 
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I could make sentences in full katakana, for example: これわくるまです。 would be: コレ ハ クルマ デス。:)
 

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I could make sentences in full katakana, for example: これわくるまです。 would be: コレ ハ クルマ デス。:)
Welcome. This is the right place to be as you journey into Japanese learning.
Based on your sentence earlier I know you know the difference but I'll still point out your little mistake.
これくるまです

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Would you believe I never did sit down and learn katakana?
It's not something extraordinarily unorthodox to not study katakana directly.
Actually now i reached the point of curiosity about Mike's background as to ask if there's a thread around with some story behind your Japanese part of life? Being a truck driver who has passed JLPT level 1, there have to be some more interesting facts?

Japanese From Zero did not discuss katakana yet, but actually there is no reason not to learn katakana. That is, I should (start to) learn it. I also started learning kanji, so why not katakana as well?
I personally found it convenient to study katakana along with hiragana. It just made sense to me, since they are essentially the same morae. Also embracing katakana early was a good morale booster for me - all of a sudden i could read numerous signs, labels, merchandise packages and posters that use loanwords or 和製英語 (wasei eigo) .
 
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Welcome. This is the right place to be as you journey into Japanese learning.
Based on your sentence earlier I know you know the difference but I'll still point out your little mistake.
これくるまです

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That is true. In katakana I did not make that mistake. I started learning the katakana vowels a, i, u, e, o: ア, イ, ウ, エ, オ, although I already know a few other katakana letters.
 

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Actually now i reached the point of curiosity about Mike's background as to ask if there's a thread around with some story behind your Japanese part of life? Being a truck driver who has passed JLPT level 1, there have to be some more interesting facts?
There are no interesting facts that I am aware of.
 
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