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The Japanese Language Presentation
Transcript of The Japanese Language Presentation
In 604, Prince Shoutoku brought Buddhism from mainland Asia and instituted it, which added outside influences to the land.
In around 711 the natives on the land declared themselves to be called Japanese officially. Then they used the chinese alphabet (later known as kanji), and wrote a book named the Kojiki in their own official japanese language.
After that they made lots of poetry, and then wrote the Nihon Shoki; a book for the outline the history of japan and acts as the holy book of the Shinto religion.
A person named Kukai went to china and went back to Japan, bringing with him a more spiritual version of Buddhism and a new alphabet system called Kana
(now known as hirigana and katagana).
Most Japanese speakers are generally stay in Japan due to political isolationist policies. Japanese emigrant communities sometimes employ Japanese as their primary language. Japanese emigrants can also be found in Peru, Argentina, eastern Australia, Canada, the United States (notably California, Hawaii), and the Philippines.
125 million speakers
With more than 90% living in Japan
Bryan A. Becerra
The Japanese language writing system has FOUR different alphabets, named Hiragana, Katagana, Kanji, and Romanji
Hiragana and Katagana is a alphabet system based on vowels
The difference between Hiragana and Katagana is that Katagana is only used when spelling out a foreign word
Words are usually writing in Hiragana with the exception of traditional words, they are usually written in Kanji
Kanji are words that used chinese characters, however it is technically possible for them to use hiragana instead.
romanji is what called the lain script of "A B C's", they are usually used for maps, titles, and road signs
Kanji has a lot of crazy rules and exception
From when kids are little until they reach high school age they are constantly learning new kanji symbols and meanings
One simple way of explaining is that these characters are made out of different radicals which have to do with the meaning of the word used, but even with this explanation there are a lot of exceptions.
The Most useful word in Japanese
How to count in Japanese
Child of a frog is a frog~Like father like son
Not seeing is a flower~ reality cannot compete with imagination
Even monkeys fall from trees~ everyone makes mistakes
Japanese uses 6 different ways of addressing people: kun, chan, san, sama, senpai, and sensei
If you go to your mother say "mama", they might think that your telling your mother to calm down (quite rude!)
World War II
a lot of English words came into the language
such as "bideo gamu" for Video games
Japanese language is very hierarchy sensitive. In Japan if you use the wrong japanese word to address him, that can give your boss a reason to fire you.
Most japanese people don't use fully the japanese language to the full extend.