What is the difference between Chinese and Japanese?

What is the difference between Japanese and Chinese languages? Which of these languages is easier? In this article, we will talk a little about these 2 languages and show that there are huge differences.

The Japanese language is syllabic, composed of only 106 syllables, easily pronounced in our English. Chinese is a tonal language, that is, different tones can change the meaning of a word, each syllable has 4 tones, and there are thousands of syllables.

The Japanese has a syllabic alphabet 46 characters forming 106 syllables and also use ideograms. Chinese is made up of only Ideograms. There is a huge difference between Chinese and Japanese text, see below:

  • Chinese: 不知香积寺数里入云峰 (Bùzhī xiāng jī sì shù lǐ rù yún fēng)
  • Japanese: それは私の最後の「愛してる」 Sore wa watashi no saigo no aishiteru)

Which language more difficult?

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, but it is much more difficult than Japanese. Chinese is a tonal language, super difficult to pronounce or understand, and it also has only ideograms. But like Japanese, Chinese has a simple grammar, and everyone who really wants to learn can do it.

Japanese is easy because it has only 106 syllables that we already know and pronounce in English. Japanese is much easier to speak than English. Japanese also has an alphabet that is easy to read and write, and just learn 2000 ideograms to read almost any language. The great difficulty of Japanese is that there are several words with the same pronunciation.

The video below has been showing all the details and differences between Chinese and Japanese.


Furango or Flango?

A horrible confusion that people make is to speak “pastel de flango” to Japanese, since in the Japanese language there is no “L” or syllables with “L”. The Chinese, on the other hand, do not have good experience in pronouncing the "R" and end up saying "L", that's why we see so many Chinese people with the name "Lee".

Another proof of this is that in anime like Death Note the character "L" is pronounced "Eru" and the character Light is pronounced "Light" making it very clear that Japanese people don't speak the "L".

The video below makes it very clear those who speak Pastel de Flango, while the Japanese speak Pasuteru of furango.

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