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Japanese Language

History
The Japanese language has a very individual language stem. It originates from the Japonic (or JapaneseRyukaan) language family, but is the only branch in this language family. There have only been two strong
influences in the past on the Japanese language: English and Chinese. Chinese has been picked up through
contact with the Chinese culture from around the 5th century onwards, while the English language has
something of a kitsch following in Japan. The English language is treated in a very similar way to the way
that many Western societies treat the beautiful Asian languages of Japanese and Chinese.
In the early part of the last century, the Japanese language had a definite split between the written and
spoken versions of the language. Bungo, or literary language, carried a very different form to colloquial
language, or kogo. The former is considered to be a very formalized way of speaking, and is barely used
today, with the more informal language now being used in writing as well.

Popularity
Over 130 million people worldwide speak the Japanese language, though Japanese is spoken mainly in the
country of Japan where it is the official language. When Japan occupied countries in the Second World War,
such as Korea, Taiwan, and areas of China, many of the local people in these countries were forced to learn
the Japanese language. While there is obviously a backlash against the Japanese language in these places
today, many older people in these countries can also speak Japanese.
The area that has the highest number of Japanese speakers outside of the country of Japan is Brazil, where
there are around 1.5 million Japanese immigrants living today. There are also a significant amount of
Japanese speakers living in Hawaii, Peru, Australia, the U.S., and the Philippines.
In Japan itself, there are dozens of different dialects, though these can mostly be categorized into one of
three groups. These three groups are Tokyo-type, Kyoto/Osaka-type, and Kyushu-type. Tokyo-type is from
the Tokyo and surrounding area, while the Kyoto/Osaka-type dialects are from the central region. Kyushutype dialects are a much smaller group. An unfortunate thing about the Japanese language is that certain
dialects are unintelligible from others, so the best thing to do as a beginner to the language, if you are in
the country itself, to stick to learning the Tokyo dialect.

Language
The Japanese language is written in three different scripts, which each use a different alphabet. This can be
a little confusing for the beginner, but it is best to keep in mind that often the Latin Alphabet is also used in
Japan, which gives a phonetic translation of Japanese words. When the Latin alphabet is used, the words are
said to be written in romaji. However, the three alphabets that are used in the Japanese language are Kanji,
Hiragana and Katakana.
The Kanji characters are originally characters of Chinese origin that have been adopted by the Japanese

Japanese films. which are very popular throughout the world. They are a combination of Japanese morphemes and Chinese loanwords. Why Learn The Japanese Language? The Japanese language is one that is very heavily based on politeness. By studying Japanese. one can become much more involved with aspects of the culture such as anime. It enjoys a high level of comfort and technology at the same time as developing many entertainment avenues. as respecting your elders is an integral part of Japanese community life. video games. but as a sign of respect.language. Many Universities and higher education schools of study offer Japanese language courses. Many of these are based on age. and the wide range of literature that is available. and one that clearly holds a high level of fascination for many people. it is best to learn about these terms before you speak with a Japanese speaker or go to the country of Japan. . There are many words that one can use. and both contain 48 characters in their alphabet. both in small villages and the big cities. Hiragana and Katakana are two syllabic scripts created from modified Chinese characters. you will be given a little bit of leeway in terms of understanding the various nuances of politeness. The Japanese language is invaluable in understanding more of this unique and quirky culture. Japan is a very individual country. and the word Kanji itself literally means Chinese characters. manga comics. As a newcomer to the language. both in day to day situations and in formal ones that can show your respect to the speaker.