How to differentiate Japanese, Korean and Chinese


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Japanese, Koreans and Chinese are quite different, but their ethnic similarities end up confusing many people. This is ironic, because I personally find it more difficult to differentiate people from Western or European countries than Asian ones, where I can easily identify their country of origin.

I decided to write this guide to help you differentiate Asians, Japanese, Koreans and Chinese. First, it is worth remembering that it is not only the Japanese, Chinese or Koreans who have small or drawn eyes. Most countries in the Middle East and Asia and even the Indians in Brazil have their eyes pulled up.

Another interesting information is the word pulled, something that is also an insult even though it is used to describe the difference in the eyes. That's because in both sizes and shapes, Asian and Western eyes are the same, the only thing that changes is that Asian eyes do not have that fold in the upper eyelid causing a larger part of the eye to be covered by the skin. Simply put, Japanese eyes are neither smaller nor slanted.

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How to differentiate Japanese, Korean and Chinese

How to distinguish Japanese, Chinese and Korean by language?

The first notable difference between Asians is their languages. When you hear a Japanese speak you can easily differentiate from a Chinese or Korean. That's because the Chinese language is tonal and has several syllable variations, while Japanese never changes the syllables. Korean, on the other hand, is somewhat similar to Chinese pronunciation, but it is quite different.

How to differentiate Japanese, Korean and Chinese

An example that I observe a lot is the pronunciation of the "R". The Chinese do not usually pronounce the R correctly, always speaking the L instead. The Japanese are the opposite, they cannot speak L, because there is no L in the Japanese language. Chinese speak: Pastel de Flango while Japanese speak Pasuteru de Furango.

Another very easy way to differentiate is by name. Japanese names usually have more than 4 letters and do not have names with V, M, L or ending with a consonant. The Chinese and Korean names end up with consonants and mainly with M, NG, N and usually have names with 3 letters. Of course, you will need to hear the surname if the person is just a descendant with a Western name.

Many believe that Chinese and Japanese writing is practically the same, thus concluding that they are the same languages. We have already written a detailed article explaining differences in Japanese and Chinese, you can read by clicking here.

How to differentiate Japanese, Korean and Chinese

I'll summarize by saying that the Chinese language is full of dashes (他們 有 理性 和 良心), Japanese has few dashes in most letters (私 は ケ ビ ン で す), while Korean is dashes and polka dots (보기 가 역겨워).

Physical differences between Japanese, Chinese and Koreans

It is not easy to determine which Asian nationality is skin color, but we can see that some Chinese tend to have a little darker skin and Koreans have a lighter and smoother skin. The face Japanese people tend to be wider, long and triangular, while Koreans have square chins, more prominent jaws and higher cheekbones. The Chinese tend to have a rounder face.

How to differentiate Japanese, Korean and Chinese

Japanese eyes tend to be tilted upwards, unlike the Chinese who tend to be tilted downwards. Koreans, on the other hand, have smaller eyes. At height, the Koreans win with the average of 1.71 meters in height, Japanese are in second place with the average of 1.69 and Chinese 1.68.

With respect to hair, nowadays this is very diverse so it is impossible to define. It is believed that at least traditionally in the past, Koreans had long hair pulled back. The Chinese had combed and wavy hair and the Japanese hair curved at the end and covering the forehead.

How to differentiate Japanese, Korean and Chinese

How to differentiate by Style, Fashion and Culture

Another way that we can use to differentiate Japanese, Chinese and Koreans is through their style, fashion and culture. Fashion is relative and goes by very fast, especially in Japan, fashion is very diverse and unique. The Chinese tend to care more about wealth and less about design and colors. So it's normal to find Chinese people with shiny and expensive things, jewelry, gold and a lot of Western fashion.

In Japan, however, fashion is a mixture of traditional and modern, in addition to cute things, colorful and unique. In Japan, fashion and style is very free, so much so that young people spend all the time in their school uniform even outside of school. Korea, on the other hand, cares a lot about passing fashion, they follow trends that are fast and care too much for brands, they tend to color their hair more than Japan and China.

How to differentiate Japanese, Korean and Chinese

Stereotyped and somewhat racist image launched in the old newspaper that received several criticisms.

The Chinese care a lot about reputation, behave one way with family members and another way with friends. Koreans are usually very insistent, they give importance to family, friendship, etc. The Japanese, on the other hand, do not like to opine or meddle in the lives of others, preferring harmony with others than following their own opinion.

Can you already differentiate Japanese, Chinese and Koreans?

I suck at memorizing faces, but I can quickly tell an Asian apart by dress, conversation and other linguistic details. Things get a little more complicated when we are trying to find out the origin of a descendant who lives in Brazil, he is basically Brazilian so we don't need to waste time trying to decipher his origins. Just ask!

How to differentiate Japanese, Korean and Chinese

Some claim that there are big similarities between the Japanese and the Brazilian Tupi Guarani tribe

The great reality is that Asians are quite different and have many variations in their own country. For example, northern Chinese have a square face, small noses and eyes. Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate Japanese from Chinese and Korean! Countries mix, Koreans do plastic surgery to enlarge the eyes, so it gets a little complicated.

With a short time in Japan you will find that Asians or Japanese themselves are totally different from each other. They are not to blame for the food and the climate collaborating with a standardized skin, eyes and body.

You might want to read our other article that explains because the Japanese or Asians have their eyes pulled up.

So in my opinion, the easiest way to differentiate is by language, name and culture. If you think you can differentiate, test your knowledge by searching for quizzes on google!

Videos to help differentiate Easterners

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16 thoughts on “Como diferenciar japoneses, coreanos e chineses”

  1. I know how to differentiate some Europeans. Blonds with light eyes are usually from countries of Germanic origin, such as Germany, Sweden, Holland. Brown hair and eyes and a stockier body are from Latin countries like Italy and Spain. Slavs like Russians and Poles generally have light hair and eyes, but shorter than Germans. Of course, it is not a rule, because for centuries, in some regions there was a lot of mixing due to the location and because of the constant migrations.

  2. It didn't help much kkk. I think that if I are going to differentiate by writing, I will have to study even kk, just as I differentiated Ukrainian from Russian (language)

  3. It is really boring to confuse a nationality, I think people should be educated there is to refer to a person who does not know their parents, it is, after all, not wrong for you not to know where a certain person is ė, respect, and if you comment gaffe, have the education to apologize, I particularly think the Orientals are beautiful Running, Japanese, Chinese. A hug to everyone

  4. first: this is purely a matter of taste, second: you weren't lucky to find beautiful Chinese (as) -> It shows how little you know about Asia. Finally, your comment seems kind of provocative, right? of respect to comment on the appearance of a nation, since you don’t even know it well. Did you think that there is no Chinese on this page who is interested in learning Japanese ?? step less right man ??

  5. pse, Chinese n can pronounce R correctly (flango?) because in Chinese there is no word / syllable with R, so there is a certain difficulty when pronouncing
    NOTE: I hope that people, instead of laughing at them, try to teach the correct pronunciation (not talking about the text, that was a simple comment, because today is so hard)

  6. I've traveled so much all over the world, I worked with Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos for work, which I really differentiate from the letter hehe

  7. I “fell” here due to a website reporting that it is offensive to ask how an Asian person knows which ethnicity.
    Honestly, after this explanation, I believe that this question cannot be considered offensive or racist. It is, for an ordinary Brazilian, very difficult to see the differences between Korean, Chinese and Japanese.

    • True, it is dangerous to make that mistake. Kkkk
      Better to be informed than uninformed. You may need this information in the future.

  8. Well, and more or less that, China is a big country, so there is a difference between each part of it, besides seeing a Japanese from the south and a little different in the north, but many things that there help a lot to to know


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