Kana itself consists of a pair of syllabaries: hiragana, used primarily for native or naturalised Japanese words and grammatical elements, and katakana, used primarily for foreign words and names, loanwords, onomatopoeia, scientific names, and sometimes for emphasis. Almost all written Japanese sentences contain a. I learned Japanese in 18 months by having fun. In June , at the ripe old age of 21, all post-pubescent and supposedly past my mental/linguistic prime, I started learning Japanese. By September , I had learned enough to read technical material, conduct business correspondence and job interviews in Japanese. Welcome to All Japanese All The Time (AJATT)! The place to be for information on how to learn a language (Japanese or otherwise), on your own, having fun and to fluency mostly by taking everything that schools do that sucks and not doing it. And then doing other stuff, that doesn't suck, instead. It's pretty freakin'.