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Japanese really does have the most complex writing system in the world. Here I spell out its history and my struggle to learn it.

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Forget what they told you about other writing systems - writing Japanese is ridiculously hard! When I started to learn the language, they hit me with one syllabary after another: hiragana, then katakana. But those didn't set me back much.

Kanji on the other hand... See, you may have heard that kanji are symbols for words. Nope. I found out they're more like playing a game of charades with a really bad teammate who gives you vague hints combined with obscure sounds-like clues that are way out of date.

Join me next time to find out exactly what it was about kanji that really pushed me over the edge.


Art, animation and narration by Josh from NativLang. Some music by Josh, too.

Music by Kevin MacLeod ( Sneaky Snooper, Finding Movement, Our Story Begins, Path of the Goblin King v2

Music by Jason Shaw ( Time Passing By, Namaste

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