Linguists all over the world still argue about the exact number of existing languages. However there are only so many sets of letters for written communication. Japanese uses three.
Let this idea sink in. All European languages are based on two main writing systems. The entire Americas run on one. Japanese uses three. Impressive? You have no idea.
Out of the three, kanji** is the most complicated (meaning, scarily interesting) one. Good news is you don’t have to start with it. Not so good news – the remaining two still hold a bagful of challenges for you.
As you remember, the complicated writing system was the reason I avoided Japanese all along. This time around I stared at hiragana and thought: “How difficult can it be after all? Remember what you’ve done in your life.” Forgive my cockiness, it was love speaking.
To my defense I can say it was not…
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