Is Japanese Complicated?

Article Image: Is Japanese Complicated?Whenever I get asked if Japanese is complicated, I always answer no. This is because I honestly do find Japanese to be a logically structured language; there is a virtual absence of irregular conjugations and superfluous grammar, the obvious etymology seen through kanji heavily facilitates the memorization of new vocabulary, etc etc.

Yet many Western learners of Japanese seem to struggle in their studies. Why? I believe these difficulties stem from a misconception of how languages actually work, which I’d like to elaborate by referring to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s idea of so-called ‘family resemblance’.

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