- Step 1: Decide on an alphabet Decide between three different alphabets -- the cursive-style Hiragana, the pointed block-style Katakana, or the complex Kanji symbols.
- Step 2: Go for simplicity Go for simplicity when choosing a character. Avoid complex sentences from a poem or song, as the translation isn't exact and can be awkward.
- Step 3: Stick with an adjective Stick with an emotion such as happiness, joy, or sorrow, or an adjective to describe someone or something.
- Step 4: Ask a native speaker Ask a native speaker for suggestions or a translation of words and have them write everything down for you.
- TIP: Translate your family name or the name of a loved one by visiting the foreign language department at a high school or college.
- Step 5: Visit library Visit your local library and search for calligraphy artwork you enjoy or print out any words you find interesting from a dictionary.
- Step 6: Evaluate each option Evaluate each option before making a final decision, or start over and try again with new words.
- FACT: There are nearly 300,000 U.S. veterans of Asian-American descent living in the U.S.
You Will Need
- An alphabet
- A native Japanese speaker
- A library
- A school's foreign language department