Why You Should Never Learn Japanese with Romaji

Unseen Japan
6 min readFeb 22, 2024

Some argue that beginners to the Japanese language can skip the writing system and just use romaji. Here’s why that’s never a good idea.

Picture: 水乃みのる / PIXTA(ピクスタ)

By Jay Allen

Are you starting to learn Japanese? Are you wondering whether you should learn with romaji (Roman characters) to help simplify getting started?

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