日本語 (Japanese)




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Photo by Redd Angelo on Unsplash

Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 126 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic language family, and its relation to other languages, such as Korean, is debated. Japanese has been grouped with language families such as Ainu, Austroasiatic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals has gained widespread acceptance. Japanese has no genetic relationship with Chinese, but it makes extensive use of Chinese characters, or kanji, in its writing system, and a large portion of its vocabulary is borrowed from Chinese. Along with kanji, the Japanese writing system primarily uses two syllabic scripts, hiragana and katakana.

Native Speakers: 125,000,000

Region: Japan

Writing System: Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji

Language Family: Japonic, Japanese

Basic Phrases in Japanese

Hello Kon’nichiwa こんにちは
Goodbye Sayōnara さようなら
Yes Hai はい
No Īe いいえ
Excuse me… Sumimasen すみません
Please Onegaishimasu してください
Thank you Arigatōgozaimashita ありがとうございました

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