I do not know an excessive amount of approximately Japanese however I realize my local language, Chinese, has, agruably, approximately 20,000 or so characters. There don't seem to be any "alphabets". Each of our characters has its which means or meanings and we use a blend of characters to style "phrases" and sentences. But, with a purpose to gain knowledge of easy methods to talk, you have got to opt for out the conversation you desire to gain knowledge of (Mandarin or Cantonese are the two so much preferred ones) and both simply opt for it or move and gain knowledge of the sound symbols (pinyin), the tone scales and easy methods to combin them to style the characters. Then you are going to be in your means. It is less difficult than it sounds.