More than 130 million people speak Japanese as the 9th most popular language in the world. It is one of the most complex languages in the world.
So if you want to try the Japanese hand, you will need some dedication. But before you do, here are some interesting facts about the Japanese language-
1. Widely used on the Internet
Japan is known to have one of the highest literacy rates among all countries and about 10% of internet users are actually Japanese. Japan is in fourth position after English, Russian and German.
2. For the first Japanese immigrants
The Japanese never forget their language and culture after settling in another country. The United States, Brazil, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, etc., have a large Japanese exodus but they always speak Japanese in their communities.
3. Difficulty to understand
Although Japanese is known as one of the toughest languages, there are some features that make it a bit easier.
There is no gender in Japanese that makes it less confusing, like French and Spanish. Also, in Japanese there is no difference between singular and plural.
And the Japanese language not just, there is no verb synthesis, no articles, and it’s not very difficult to learn to pronounce because there are only 48 words in the combination of 5 vowels and 11 consonants.
4. Four different ways of writing
There are four types of writing for Japanese language use: Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, and Romanji. Hiragana is Syllabic and the most original writing system in Japan.
It is used for simple words, combinations, particles and children’s literature because it is the first set of writing that is taught. Katakana is used to write foreign words.
The kanji consists of about 2000 signs based on the Chinese writing system. Kanji was imported from China in the 6th century CE. Recently, Romanji – a Romanization of Japanese words has evolved, often simplifying the original characters.
5. Kill two birds with one stone!
Often most words have two origins of pronunciation, one is Japanese and the other is Chinese and these are completely different words. So learning Japanese is almost like learning vocabulary in 2 languages at the same time.
6. Spelling of homophones
Homophones are pronounced the same but mean different. And the Japanese language has eight!
Now, take a look at the 8 characters above. All of these 8 Kanji characters are pronounced “shin” and all 8 of them are totally unrelated to each other in meaning! They are from left to right: God, advance, believe, new, true, stretch, heart, and parent.
There are no tones in the Japanese language as there are in Chinese, and so the pronunciation of shin is exactly the same for all the above. Besides these, there are many more Kanji characters that are also pronounced “shin”!
The Japanese way to pronounce the characters above are, “kami”, susumu, “shinjiru”, “atarashii”, “makoto”, “nobasu”, “kokoro”, and “oya”. Notice that the Japanese way of pronouncing a word is multi-syllabic, whereas the Chinese way is a single syllable.
7. Speaking fast
Japanese is one of the fastest spoken languages. According to a recent study, the local languages of each language were compared with each language’s speeds (per second per second).
And the Japanese outperformed all other languages by scoring 84.8 syllables per second. English translates to 1.5 syllables per second.
8. Be polite with the Japanese
The Japanese people are known for their etiquette and etiquette. Japanese are so gentle that it is reflected in their language.
Special grammatical forms are even being used to show respect for vocabulary. If the speaker does not have the same position and position, it is important to use it respectfully.
Different positioning factors include age, job title, experience, and others. Most sources separate the three main forms of modesty – respectful, polite and casual.
9. There are words from Japanese in many languages
Countries like the US and UK are very interested in Japanese culture and language. Some Japanese words are also recognized by English.
These words include karaoke, tofu, anime, origami, etc. Japanese When learning Japanese you will notice that some words seem very familiar.
This is because the Japanese borrowed some words, including Portuguese, English, and German. Some examples are Pan (Portuguese po), Arubito (German in Arabic) and more.
10. No relation to other languages
Not English, French, German, Spanish, like European languages that are related to each other. However, the Japanese are not related to any other language in the world.
In fact, until recently Japanese was classified as a language, meaning that it is completely unique in all languages of the present world.