Is Japanese Hard To Learn?

Japan Coffee Life
2 min readJul 28, 2021


Everything is challenging at the beginning. Of course, languages too. Here I am to tell you why Japanese is relatively hard to learn.

  1. Kanji

Have you ever seen Chinese characters before. It’s the challenging about about reading and writing skills. The characters can make different meanings, readings and stroke order while writing. Every each symbol represents an object, a feeling or a situation and when they create different combination the meaning became relatively a different expression. One missing stroke could cause another word. Be careful!

2. Keigo

If you know it, you just know.

They are the expressions that you need to use in business occasions, to communicate with you subordinates or someone is on the upper position on relative conditions like Senpai, Sensei, Team leader, Chef, Manager or C-level managers. The verbs vary similar peers in term of meaning. Generally native speaker learn how to speak properly in daily life such as school or in business. You should NOT speak with the customers in the same way of communicating with your friends.

3. Writing Words vs Speaking Words

You might see new words in the novel, magazine or newspaper rather than using the frequently used during conversation.

4. Be Polite in the right time

Japanese people as know being very polite and keep some social distances in many occasions. However, if your encounter using another expression you should follow him/her to adjust the relationship. Also, you can prefer keeping the distance depending on your language.

5. Grammar

It also depends on your mother tongue. If you are speaking Korean, Mongolian or Turkish, you can understand the logic of the grammar and pronunciation can be improvised easily. On the other hand, English speakers were generally challenged by the grammar and the new perspectives on the patterns on the sentences.




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