About Japan and Japanese Language:
Japan is known as “The land of Rising Sun.”
Japan, one of the world’s most literate and technically advanced nations, is an East Asian archipelago country made up of four primary islands and more than 6,800 others. While most of Japan is covered by mountains and heavily wooded areas. Country blends its ancient traditions with aspects of Western life.
Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula
Flag: The national flag of Japan has a red circle in the centre of a white rectangular field and although it is officially called Nisshōki, it is more commonly known as Hinomaru which means ‘circle of the sun’ and reflects Japan’s designation as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’.
Population: 156,702,133 (July 2019)
Population growth rate: 1.0% annual change (2016)
Climate: The climate in Japan varies from tropical in the south to cool and temperate in the north.
Currency: The currency in Japan is the Japanese Yen.
Religion & Beliefs: Shinto and Buddhism 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%
LANGUAGE IN JAPAN
The dominant spoken language is Japanese (Nihongo) which is the sixth most spoken language in the world with more than 99% of the population using it.
Why Study Japanese?
Learning any language requires commitment, but Japanese is harder than most. It is widely accepted that for people who do not have an East Asian language background, Japanese is one of the hardest languages to learn.
Following are some of the key benefits of learning Japanese language:
1. Good Job
2. A Deeper Understanding of Japanese Culture
3. A Personal Interest
4. Broadening Your Mind
5. A Head Start with Chinese & Korean
6. Making the Most of Your Time in Japan
Level of Competency in Japanese Language
• Hiragana, Katakana, 100 Kanji, 800 Words (JLPT N5)
• Hiragana, Katakana, 300 Kanji, 1600 Words (JLPT N4)
• 700 Kanji, 4000 Words (JLPT N3)
• 1000 Kanji, 6000 Words (JLPT N2)
• 2000 Kanji 10,000 Words (JLPT N1)