A Brief Note On Japanese And Japanese Language

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Kanji is unique language in the world. This language is not like English that makes the word with consonant and vowel letters. Kanji has the morphographic language that one letter with the meaning and the pronunciation, and there are more than 2000 letters of Kanji in Japanese Language. If we are learning Japanese, we have to memorize many Kanji characters with meaning and sound because Japanese uses Kanji a lot in their society. However, actually knowing Kanji is hard for many people. Even native Japanese people sometimes do not know how to read Kanji, which is rarely used. Therefore, there is a debate that about abolishing Kanji. Does Japanese actually need to use Kanji? Japanese language has already two phonographic scripts, Hiragana and Katakana, so some of people can argue that Japanese does not need Kanji is too complicated to learn Japanese. However, in my opinion, Kanji abolishment is not a good choice for Japanese for tradition and uniqueness.
There is an article “Aspects of the graphological structure of Japanese” written by A. E. Backhouse. Backhouse introduces the Kanji system and both native-Japanese and Sino-Japanese homography and homophony. He gives some examples of Japanese words that have same sounds and different meanings such as Soko, which has two meanings, the place and the bottom. In addition, he introduces the similar meaning but different using such as Atsui, means hot or warm. These are pretty complicated to use if they use only…
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