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Here is some interesting information about the Japanese language...
Where is it spoken? Japanese is the national language of Japan, and there are approximately 125 million speakers worldwide. Its origins are unknown, and it has no known linguistic relatives. There are dozens of dialects spoken in Japan, but the main distinctions are between Tokyo-type and Kyoto-Osaka-type.
How Many People Speak Japanese in the US? According to 2016 US Census data, there are approximately 450,000 Japanese speakers in the US. There are large Japanese-speaking populations in California, Washington, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Interesting Facts About Japanese
Modern Japanese began around 1600. It has a large number of “loan words” from the Chinese language (words of Chinese origin). In the last 50 years, the number of loan words from the English language has grown considerably, especially words that are technology related. For example, intānetto for “internet.” Loan words can also be shortened, like wāpuro for “word processor.”
The writing system consists primarily of three scripts: kanji, hiragana and katakana. Japanese writings can be in “western style,” which is in horizontal rows starting from the top, or “Japanese style,” vertical columns starting from the right.
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