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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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  • TLDW? *

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of charades with a really bad teammate who gives you vague hints combined with obscure sounds-like clues that are way out of date.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.


  • CREDITS *

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

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Sneaky Snooper, Finding Movement, Our Story Begins, Path of the Goblin King v2

Music by Jason Shaw (audionautix.com): Time Passing By, Namaste

Creative Commons and Public Domain art, fonts and sfx: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LXUDznJTTWG66_6VZJKNoYgrcgJI2sITFMNKQ2U1fWs/

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