Japanese is spoken mainly by Japanese living in Japan and in Japanese communities around the world. It started out as a spoken language without a written script. Around the 3rd century, after encountering the Chinese civilization, the Japanese language borrowed the Chinese characters to transcribe spoken Japanese. During the 8th century, the current three writing systems were compiled from Chinese characters. Japanese has five vowels. The combination of a consonant and a vowel makes a syllable. The sound of Japanese is rather simple. Accents on syllables are determined by pitch.
Why Study Japanese
Over 130 million people in the world speak Japanese.
Students want to learn Japanese for many reasons:
∑ The uniqueness and the richness of Japanís culture through a long history attract people. Studying Japanese, the students will appreciate the literature, traditional arts, and customs of Japan much better.
∑ People realize that Japan underwent a remarkable program of reconstruction in the country and became an economic power in the world. Some students want to learn Japanese because of their interest in Japanese business.
∑ Japan has produced many animation and comic manga in the last three
decades and has became the center for the animation industries. Students are interested in learning Japanese language so that they can read and understand animaton and manga.
∑ In order to travel to Japan, people want to learn basic Japanese.
∑ People who want to stimulate their right brain are interested in learning Japanese: http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~nippon/file/jog240e.html
∑ Students in martial arts such as Karate, Judo, Kendo and Aikido need to know Japanese terms for their mastering skills