What is the difference between Japanese and Chinese languages? Which of these languages is easier? In this article, we are going to 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 Portuguese. 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.
Japanese has a syllabic alphabet of 46 characters forming 106 syllables and also use ideograms. Chinese, on the other hand, is composed only of Ideograms. There is a huge difference between a Chinese and a 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 is 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 hard to pronounce or understand, and it also has only ideograms. But like Japanese, Chinese has simple grammar, and anyone who really wants to learn can do it.
Japanese is easy because it has only 106 syllables that we already know and pronounce in Portuguese. Japanese is much easier to speak than English. Japanese also has an easy to read and write alphabet, and you only need to learn 2000 characters 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 Flange?
A horrible mistake that people make is to say “pastel de flango” for Japanese, and in the Japanese language there is no “L” or syllables with “L”. The Chinese, on the other hand, do not have good experience when pronouncing the "R" and end up saying "L", so we see so many Chinese with the name of "Lee".
Another proof of this is that in anime like Death Note the character “L” is pronounced “Eru” and the character Light is pronounced “Raito” making it very clear that Japanese do not speak the “L”.
The video below makes clear those who speak Pastel de Flago, while the Japanese speak Pasuteru de furango.