A Brief History of Japanese
The origin of the Japanese language has been a topic of debate among the linguists. It is the only major language whose genetic affiliation is unknown.
It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family. The Japanese language is most widely believed to be connected to the Ural-Altaic family, which includes languages such as Turkish, Mongolian, Manchu, and Korean within its domain. The hypothesis relating Japanese to Korean remains the strongest, as both languages share significant key features such as general structure, grammar, vowel harmony, etc.
Where in the World is Japanese spoken?
Japanese is the de facto (existing in fact, although not necessarily intended or legal) language of Japan, and it is also the only place where it is the national language. However, the language is also spoken in Hawaii, Peru, Argentina, California, Philippines. Japanese immigrants spread across different parts of the world (especially America, Brazil, England) also speak Japanese; but they are small in number.
How many speakers of Japanese are there in the World?
Japanese is the 9th most commonly spoken language in the entire world with 130 million native speakers.
In countries such as America and Brazil, a huge Japanese population has settled over in the past century. Though being migrated to a nation that has major communications in English, Portuguese, German, Italian, a vast number of the country’s population prefers to study and communicate with each other in the Japanese language. Thus, the importance of language translations, dubbing, subtitling, recording increased over time.
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