Seco Fett wrote:
Actually, I can personally say that Japanese in easier to learn than Spanish. Trust me! I know some German, Romanian, Russian, and Japanese. I gave up on Spanish like four years ago.
If you mean that grammar is easier in Japanese than Spanish then I might agree, but only to a certain extent. As someone who has worked and lived in Japan for nine years and studied in college and who has a second level, number one is the highest, certification in Japanese, there is no other language more difficult to master in terms of reading and writing. I studies Chinese for three years, and Arabic for two years in school as well and I still think Japanese is harder to learn to read and write.
Japanese has two alphabets and over 10,000 Kanji (Chinese symbols) The symbols can have entirely different readings, pronunciation, depending on what other Kanji they are connected to or if the are standing alone. These phonetic symbols are used side-by-side with the Kanji in the same sentence.
この質問はとても難しいんですけど、すごく面白い。(This is a very difficult but interesting question.)
I don't know if you will be able to see the above sentence but if you can it is clear that there are some simple symbols as well as some more complicated characters. To be fluent in reading French or Spanish all you need to know is the roman alphabet with a few accent marks and sound symbols. For Japanese you need to know as many as five or six ways of reading the same character
Also, Japanese has a completely different structure when spoken in formal and polite situations that does not exist in any other language except Korean.
The only thing I find easier about Japanese than say French, German or Spanish is that Japanese is not gender specific in terms of verb conjugates. Articles that are gender specific in Japanese do not exist either but article usage is much more complex and the grammar rules governing their use are really vague.
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