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Laying Down the Cards Why Japanese is Difficult to Learn

By Tlb
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We honestly cannot deny it. The learners, the language experts, the ones who took the experience to know more about Japanese will really confirm that Japanese language is indeed a difficult language to learn.


So what are the factors that really make this particular language difficult? This time, we will lay down the cards not to discourage people but to let them know some knowledge concerning Japanese language. (The following lists below are taken from Master Japanese)


  • There are three types of written characters: Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji.
  • There is honorific language. (These are expressions used to indicate respect for others such as when speaking with a person older than oneself or a person of accomplishment.)
  • There are many words related to numbers and counting objects.
  • The basic particles and order of words can change in a conversation.
  • Information about a verb can only be created by conjugating the verb.


Yes, most learners tend to study Japanese in Japan to make the learning more comprehensive and easier to acquire. Since any language school has courses and syllabuses that systematically organize the lessons, still, the difficulty of the language merges out of the learning. If that would be the case, perhaps some learners would choose to stop the learning and go on with their simple lives, right?


But that’s not always the case.


The basic reasons why some people are learning Japanese language is that they want to gain knowledge concerning its culture: Japanese culture, history, literature, and now its current anime, manga, J-POP, and more. Also, some learners would also like to satisfy an interest in Japanese language and languages in general. Of course, others would also want to develop the ability to communicate to the Japanese people.


So despite its difficulties, some learners would still choose to overcome these obscurities and decide to learn Japanese instead. For some learners, the issue is not just about something that you are obliged to do. Some people prefer learning Japanese because it’s what they are passionate about. And when it comes to passion, this is something that even the smartest person could not argue about.

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