The Japanese come up with the most amazing ideas from their ramen vending machines to the fastest bullet trains or the square watermelons, to their smart toilets. People across the world are interested in learning Japanese with the popularisation of anime and manga. In 2021 it was found that more than 126 million people speak Japanese, making it the 13th most spoken language of the world out of more than 7000 languages. Japanese is one of the rare linguistic isolates in the world; which means it’s a language with no absolute connections to any other language. Japanese can be classified as a natural language in the sense that it has no demonstrated genealogical link (or genetic ties), with any other language or language family.
Let’s now see the scope of Japanese in the future.
To start off with let’s not forget that Japanese is known to be the most futuristic language in the world. It is pretty self-explanatory when you note the fact that Japan is known to be the country living in the future. This is a country that took its weaknesses and turned it around as its biggest strengths. A language that belongs to a country that is isolated in the middle of the Ocean, which decided to utilise their limited resources and create a technologically advanced world, wherein lack of resources was not a major issue.
Now let’s consider the fact that Japanese is known to be one of the toughest languages in the entire world for an English native speaker. But, did you know that people actually appreciate the effort you put in for learning this language? Especially Japanese natives, they understand the complexity of their own language and they are well aware of the amount of effort an English native speaker has to put in, in order to master this language. Therefore whether it is business Japanese or simple greetings in the Japanese language, everybody who hears you speak the language will appreciate and understand all the different efforts you must have put in, to learn the language.
If you have a plan on completing your higher education in Japan, working in Japan, visiting Japan or simply plan on living in Japan ever in your life, then you must understand that most of the Japanese population does not speak much English. Therefore if the only language you speak when you go there is English, you might be a little unapproachable and cold to the natives. The Japanese culture and the people of this culture are very friendly. They are the nicest people that you will come across.
Therefore don’t let a communication barrier limit your experience with them. Instead, learn a little Japanese in order to communicate with these natives and truly experience the real Japanese culture.
You might be surprised to know that the Japanese market is actually the most enticing and interesting market for multiple investors across the globe. Almost every Japanese company and its leaders a tech-savvy and well educated. They know how to innovate and implement. After all, this is a country that did not let its weaknesses get in the way of turning into one of the most successful economies in the world. Hence, if you wish to enter this market or even the economy or maybe the corporate world of Japan, learning Japanese will be essential.
Called Nihongo in Japanese, the four alphabet pillars of the Japanese language are:
Kanji: This consists of alphabets that have been imported in the 3rd century from the Chinese script. These logograms have over 50,000 characters.
Hiragana: The primary way to write in Japanese is with the Hiragana script and like the cursive English these characters are written in with a lot of curves, in a ‘curly manner’.
Katakana: Katakana alphabets are primarily loan words taken from other languages to express animal name, cuisine or a company and fill in the deficit of words that do not exist in Japanese. Other than these its also use to emphasise important topics etc, in speech.
Romaji: Romaji are Latin characters that are used in the Japanese language. Its literal translation is “Roman letters.”