Japanese Language : Japanese And Japanese Culture

1066 Words Aug 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Although the Japanese language has been around for a long time, its roots of where it had been originated are still unclear. However, Japanese ranks as one of the world’s most important languages with over 126 million speakers. Studies have shown a great surge of interest in the study of Japanese as a second language throughout the past 30 years, due to the Western world’s fascination with the Japanese culture. Being at that, whether you are an excited tourist planning a trip to Japan, an incisive student interested in learning the Japanese language, or just an eager individual interested in the Japanese culture, you should consider educating yourself to the unique verbiage system that the Japanese citizens utilize. Though the many differences are vast compared to the English verbiage, we will focus on 3 differences in the Japanese language: Alphabet, Phonology, and Grammar.

Growing up, the catchy jingle of the ‘ABCs’ has helped many young ones learn their English alphabets, which contains the amount of 27 letters. In contrast to that, however the Japanese alphabet contains at least 46 basic characters, or 71 including diacritics, within hiragana and katakana syllabaries. Imagine having to sing all 71 characters in the alphabet song! The Japanese writing is definitely complex when using all three main scripts: Kanji, which characters are of Chinese origin, Hiragana and Katakana, both being syllabaries. Syllabaries are by the way, a set of symbols that represent…
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