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Why learn Japanese

Japanese is spoken by more than 120 million people, most of whom live in Japan. Speakers of Japanese are more closely grouped geographically than speakers of most other major world languages. Historically, Japan also had an era of separate functioning as a society from the wider world for more than two centuries, so the country is culturally distinct in many ways that enhance the interest of learning about Japanese language and culture. The written language uses three kinds of scripts – Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The third of these has much in common with Chinese character script. Japan has a rich cultural tradition. It has the third-largest economy in the world and is an important centre for business, industry, technology, pop culture (including Manga) and martial arts.

Links to Languages.Org.Au Japanese resources

Guides, online courses and tutorial resources

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Online sources to look up words and phrases – a quick option is to run a Google search with the required expression in English followed by the words "in Japanese", eg accommodation in Japanese, then select from sources (some of which also provide an audio version of the Japanese) such as the ones listed below (listed here alphabetically).

News and current affairs

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