Japanese: The language with no plural words

The Japanese language is unique because it is unrelated to any other known language. With more than 128 million native speakers, it is also the 9th most spoken language globally. The isolated nature of Japan during its history and the adoption of the Chinese alphabet impacted the decision to use the kanji script, based on Chinese characters, for the Japanese written language.


3 interesting facts about the Japanese language

The Japanese language has four writing systems: katakana, kanji, hiragana, and romaji.
The Japanese language has no plural words, so there is no verbal distinction between singular and plural nouns.
Unlike the English language word order of subject-verb-object, Japanese uses a subject-object-verb order.

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Origin of the language

The origin of Japanese is unknown, but the most accepted theory claims it originated on the Korean Peninsula and came into contact with older Austronesian languages that were prevalent on the Japanese Islands. The first mention of Japanese appeared in Chinese documents from the 3rd century. The first text in Old Japanese dates from the 8th century.


History of the language

The languages of the Japanese islands have Proto-Japonic ancestors. These include the Japanese and Ryukyuan languages. In the 5th century, the Chinese writing system, along with Buddhism, was introduced in Japan. The first early Japanese texts, “Kojiki,” appeared in Chinese characters in the 8th century. Sections in Old Japanese were written in Man’yogana, the phonetic use of Chinese characters. Kanji was also used for phonetic and semantic values.
Early Middle Japanese prevailed in the Heian period which lasted until the 12th century. This era saw the development of the literary standard of classical Japanese that was used until the 20th century. Late Middle Japanese witnessed the incorporation of many loanwords from Chinese and some European languages. Modern Japanese began with the Edo period during which Tokyo grew to become the largest city. The Tokyo dialect then heavily influenced the formation of Standard Japanese.

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Learning the language

It takes an English speaker 2200 hours to learn Japanese as.

How to say 10 popular words and phrases in the Japanese language

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3 fun facts about the Japanese language

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World’s first novel

The novel often credited for being the world’s first novel, “The Tale of Genji,” is a Japanese novel.


Days of the week

In Japanese, the days of the week are named in kanji after stars such as Mars (fire) and Jupiter (wood).

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Grammar for politeness

Japanese has a separate grammar form to express politeness called “Keigo.” This form also contains several levels of politeness within it.


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