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Japanese Language
The Japanese language is one of the most difficult for English-speakers to learn because of its complex grammar, multiple levels of politeness, and intricate writing system, among other things. It is also one of the more interesting and thought provoking languages because of these differences, which can highlight structures and assumptions that are built into the English language that a native speaker might not realize. Learning about languages is a valuable activity, even if the end result is not speaking the language. Language shapes the way we think, perceive reality, and form values, and gaining insights in these areas improve our understanding of other cultures as well as our own culture and self.

Japanese Grammar - Thinking in the right order can be one of the trickiest things for English speakers learning Japanese. Verbs at the end, subjects optional, and then there's all those particles. If you can think like Yoda though, you will be on the right track.

Japanese Writing - The Japanese writing system has its roots in China, but all those thousands of symbols apparently wasn't complicated enough for the Japanese, as they added a couple more alphabets.

Context in Japanese - It isn't always what is said, but how it is said, or where it is said, or who is saying it. Pay attention to the surroundings or else.

Unique Japanese words and concepts - With any language it is hard to translate words and sentences exactly. Some of the more difficult concepts to translate are fun to explore. Here are a few Japanese words and concepts that fit this category.

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