How hard is it to learn Japanese if you are already multilingual?

I myself lived in Japan when I was small.I then mastered the language a bit.

Japanese is not actually a difficult language.It is not a tonal language, the nouns do not know gender and the conjugation of the verbs is not complicated either. The language also contains no complicated sounds or combinations of sounds. A word like “The fear cry” you will not find in Japanese. In fact: The language is Vocalisch. That is to say that the (most) syllables end in a vocal.

The writing language is quite difficult.You actually have to master three scriptures: hiragana, katakana and kanji. The first two are Lettergrab scriptures and are not difficult to learn.But the Kanji is very difficult.This is based on Chinese characters and you need to know about 2000 official characters.

In addition, the Japanese culture is a so-called high context culture.That means short by the bend that there are many unwritten rules.The right choice of words is important.

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I found Japanese not very hard to learn.I just think that that is not a gauge for other people.

My experience in language learning is that when you cannot actively apply it, it is very difficult to keep track of this.

Because of my language knobble (but rather just for love for languages) My mother always gave me a language booklet of the country we went to on vacation.Weeks in advance I was already busy. I absorbed the booklet, as soon as we arrived there, I knew what was said. Now years later, I know of course still things, but I call it mostly ‘ passive ‘. I understand many languages because I learned the underlying base language, but I can’t speak back. Nevertheless, this is really an advantage.

As others indicate, there is a difference in Japanese speaking alone or even making the underlying master.It seems to me difficult to do this ‘ alone ‘, if in-no interlocutor, or situations, in which you are really designated for your language. You can stomp words, but the quickest you take things up when they are included in your daily life and that goes for every language. Or whatever you’re trying to learn.

Japanese is very difficult but not impossible to Lernen.As a man multilingual that is certainly an advantage, but the Japanese culture is quite unique and the language likewise.

As a man living in Japan it becomes a little easier to talk to teachers, but the writing system, special the “kanji” (Chinese logographers), is very complicated.

Japanese is difficult but absolutely impossible to master, there are quite a few people who have learned Japanese successfully.

Very difficult.I once bought a method “Japanese without difficulty” to see how the language looked like… There are 2 alphabets: Hiragana and katakana, each with around 47 characters. Then there are a lot of words written with traditional Chinese characters or “kanji”… (while China itself uses simplified characters). The pronunciation does not sound too difficult. It is the language you already know… If you speak for BVB Italian it will not help you. Japanese as far as I know belongs to the same language family as Korean. I think it will cost you an estimated 3 or 4 years study before you speak smoothly…

That depends entirely on how easy language learning is for you, and how you tackle it.The best way is to be the whole day between Japanese who speak no other language, and you also go to class, and study.

Without extraordinary insertion and some construction, you will not succeed if you are already over 20.

Even though you already speak x other languages, Japanese doesn’t look like anything you already know, with words that don’t hit the back, which makes it very difficult.I already spoke 4 languages, and another one was very difficult. Also for me after the 20 was totally different to learn another language, than under 20.

But I know someone who was above 20, and had mastered Indonesian within a few weeks.Not everyone is the same.

Indeed, Japanese is not in itself a difficult language.It has a difficult writing and a complicated cultural context.

My answer to your question is…

To teach Japanese, and learn Japanese, I mean… The culture, language and use together learn in itself is very difficult, but not impossible.

The Basics:

Japanese is a subculture, within the Asian = = = > Chinese Community (although Japanese do not like it: the proof is that their language is partly from old Cantonese/Mandarin/???!(I’m not sure which Chinese variant) is built.

Building language:

In addition, Kanji and 2 other types of characters also form part of the written language, from how Japanese is used in everyday life.

Knowledge of the Emperors/YaKuZa/Samura茂

The trio, described above, form a crucial part of how the society was built from then on in feudal Japan.

Do not forget the life of the peasants and Ninja, who were there to protect their fields or to work as an information carrier for (local) governors/emperors who managed larger areas.

Then on the day of today the YaKuZa, which actually refers to 3 numbers of a card game, which BELIEVES to reflect older traditions of the samurai, and therefore until since reasonably recently ago was socially accepted and protected by the Japanese community.

Japan Now:

After WWII, the older generation of young men was quenched step by step by the hard overtime work on the workplace, as well as the grueling economy, which could not offer job security, comparable to Europe..


Due to the few job security, more and more young adults, especially men until recently, and in certain small parts of Japan still did to Seppuku, either ritual suicide (Samura茂) era… To be able to preserve the honor of the family.

The value of work in Japan is much more important than with us, because they, on top of a certain status/reputation… Have to keep a certain “face” of the family (feudal period).

Western influences:

By Western influences, suicide is now much less… But the culture dies off in a different way. It is from within the Japanese society in 5 different ways:

  1. The Japanese state thinks it is the problem (ugly women and men), but actually does nothing to little to solve the real problem = provide job security.
  2. The few open-minded Japanese out there are marrying with people outside their community, the Japanese.

= Healthy response.

  • There is the Hikikomori or Shut-in phenomenon.
  • You can see it as a social form of Seppuku, where people are socially segregalized from face loss.

  • Then there is Hikikomori his frame (= the opposite): Karoshi = Go dead by working too much.
  • The few who get to work… Work literally dead to stay at work… And do not have to lead a loss of vision.

  • Soshukei Danshi-en-derivatives… Either: “Grass eating Men”
  • From Japanese to Dutch, sex is literally translated as “meat Relation” in which 2 types of meat (vagina and penis) touch each other/or that the man “consumes” the woman by going to a (first) sexual relationship with her- Not in canniballistic sense!!!

    A grass-eating man/woman is thus used as a concept to designate men/women who want to have nothing or a minimum of sex, relationships and derivatives.

    Watch the video: Mouse utopia to have more insight into the phenomenon.

    This is the Japanese culture, from a sociological perspective in a nut cap.I am far from a Japan expert. I just wanted to tell you all to make you hot for Japan.

    My cousin has finished his 1st BA (half Japanologie/half economy) smoothly.He has however no exceptional language nodule.
    As I said earlier, teaching a language is a matter of understanding the structure.However strange the scripture seems, the basic rules are the same as with any other language: Subject + verb + Object.

    It is fixed and sure to do.The question is: Will you feel better when you speak that language fluently?

    Fair?I think you better invest your time in improving your strengths. Things that you really will have something about and increase your value in the labour market.

    You can of course do what you want, but my personal belief is that it makes little sense (Japanese business people speak good English).In addition, I know a girl who worked for a Japanese employer in Belgium. They put her to the desk where she was most bothered by the air conditioning and were very wife unfriendly in general.

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