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Japanese and Chinese

Posted: January 24th, 2017 6:42 am
by meandeli82916_515193
I am new here and If you don't mind if I ask, how can you tell the difference between Japanese and Chinese?

Re: Japanese and Chinese

Posted: February 13th, 2017 10:25 am
by community.japanese
さん、
konnichiwa.
Could you please refer to the websites below?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_language
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Re: Japanese and Chinese

Posted: December 6th, 2017 3:53 pm
by dulcimoo
Well ... they sound different ... but if you are talking about the writing.

Chinese is all in "complicated" characters ... Japanese has some of these but not as many in everyday use as Chinese. Chinese has over 50,000 complex characters but most Chinese really only need to know about 8000-10000. Japanese has a couple of "alphabet" systems call kana, and some complicated characters called kanji as well, and knowing 2000 kanji is probably enough to get by, but some people know probably up to around 10,000. Japanese has large dictionaries of kanji that are about as large as the ones that china uses for their characters.

The languages are in related families, but are different. Like English and German, or French and Italian. Some the complex characters have the same meaning in both Chinese and Japanese, but many look the same but mean very different things.