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02 May 2006 @ 09:28 am
Fingerspelling desu.  
I finished learning Japanese fingerspelling, the yubimoji. I'm a bit slow still, but I can spell things. Yay. It also doesn't seem to interfere with my ASL fingerspelling. More info on the wiki.
Current Mood: accomplished
Hein: azumangafub on May 3rd, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Presumably, they fingerspell with the character set that has only 46 characters? (I keep confusing the names of the character sets, so I don't even try anymore...)
ashi: seashi on May 3rd, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
Their fingerspelling follows their whole syllabary, which is also covered by hiragana and katakana.

As described in the wiki, voiced consonants which would normally get the ten ten marks (they look like a double quote ") in either hiragana or katakana, get moved towards the right. For example, the "ka" handshape moved towards the right becomes "ga." "Pa," "pi," "pu," "pe," and "po" (given a circle in hiragana and katakana) are made by moving "ha," "hi," "fu," "he," and "ho" up, while small vowels and small "tsu" are made by moving the handshape towards the signer.

For more details on the ten ten and circle in writing, see http://learnjapanese.elanguageschool.net/mod/resource/view.php?id=251 .

So, I learned the 46 handshapes, and the rules for modifying them, to be able to fingerspell anything in Japanese. Which I've been doing, every time I run into a Japanese word when I'm out and about (I don't count every word I hear watching anime, heh). A girl named Nozomi prepared my sandwich at a cafe yesterday...