Chinese characters, called Kanji in Japanese, are also heavily used in the Japanese writing. Hmmm… while this article is pretty old, I feel the need to add my two cents. Korean and the Japonic languages are two of only four extant languages in the world with. Usually a standalone kanji will be read with kunyomi, and when used in a compound it will be read with the onyomi. Also, hiragana and katakana take most people a little more than a day. Korean have the Hangul alphabet made up of syllabic blocks. Welcome all and please enjoy your stay.
Good luck, no matter what you choose! This, I think, is the strongest argument for Korean being the harder language to learn. Hiragana features every sound you can make in Japanese language, Katakana is mainly for imported words, especially from English. There is a difference between Mandarin and Japanese, clearly. The real question is, how much benefit do you want to glean from this foreign language study? Japanese people often mistake Chinese as the same language as theirs. However, I do know one big difference is that Korean does have a future tense unlike Japanese.
It might seem like learning only hiragana and katakana would be easiest. There are some differences, however. If you go to Asia and know at least Chinese, Japanese, and English, you have no problem communicating with people. There are a few who practice Confucianism, Korean shamanism and Islam. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. In other words, you can be a big fish in a small pond.
If you can get the intonation and rhythm of a language, your ability to pronounce will improve. I have to make more friends first haha. Some are monosyllabic, while others are polysyllabic. I also read this everywhere and I really have to disagree. The Korean writing is called Hangul divided in syllabic blocks each containing at least 2 letters called jamo of the 24 letters of the Hangul alphabet.
I'd take a good hard look at the pros and cons of each and then decide which language is the best match for your personal desires and goals. So there is a phone input method where you choose, e. It is expensive, sure, but since you're talking about a 3-4 year commitment actually a life-long commitment , I'd say it's worth it. In the end, it comes down to your personal preference. Do you like polite people? Japanese students can now proceed to laugh at fellow students who chose to learn Korean instead.
Japanese has a relatively small sound inventory but is distinguished by a large number of local dialects and a complex system of which are used to indicate the relative status of the speaker, the listener, and persons mentioned in conversation. Many people say you can master Hangul in a week, I only agree to this concerning the writing part for the pronunciation you need a lot more time. With hangul, you learn consonants and vowels separately and match them up like legos. Today I can no longer write Chinese by hand. Mercifully it is not so in English. I would daily add back in characters previously studied. Japanese borrowed their alphabets from Chinese letters.
It can be difficult to find housing as a foreigner, and she even told stories of locals crossing to the sidewalk on the other side of the road to avoid her on a regular basis. With all things and distractions considered, it has taken me roughly 5 years to get to where I am now. However, if you are looking at a large block of text and see no hiragana or katakana, then you can be pretty sure that it is Chinese. Interesting: Parent commenter can or. However, considering the larger number of sounds and the different particles in Korean, Japanese is definitely the easier language to start in.
As you can see, the sentence structure is exactly the same. My biggest issue with the idea of learning Japanese is what my friend said about her study abroad experience - Japan is a pretty xenophobic, insular society. Of course, if you're looking to just learn whatever you need to be literate, and then worry about the pronunciations later whenever the characters show up in vocabulary, then yes, 3000 hanzi takes more time than 2136 kanji + 92 kana. Whether we are speaking of language, writing, religion, arts, lifestyle everything has that local touch which will determine to come back and do some more exploring. However, Japanese is a simple language to learn for a Korean speaker, but Korean is a challenging language to learn for a Japanese speaker.