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What language is more difficult to learn German or Japanese?

I speak English and Spanish. Since, I'm about to start college I was wondering what language would be better and faster for me to learn. What language is more difficult to learn? why?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Ach, mein Gott. Comparing German to Japanese..

    First of all, the difficulty of a language actually depends on which languages you speak.

    Seeing as you speak English, it will be slightly difficult compared to most.

    Japanese is a pro-drop subject-object-verb language, whereas English is a non-pro-drop subject-verb-object language. This statement shows how different they are. This means that in Japanese, the pronouns are often (if not always) dropped, unlike in English, and the word orders are completely different. For example, "The child ate the apple" would be translated as "Ano ko ringo o tabemashita" - "The child - the apple - ate". On top of that, they have a wholly separate set of verbs to study for formal use, as there is the difference between the levels of formality.

    And then there is writing. In order to become confident with calling yourself literate in Japanese, you must master at least 1,500 kanji (characters) in reading and writing after studying Hiragana and Katakana -- that is how much an average high school graduate in Japan does. An average adult in Japan would know how to write around 2,000, number and order of strokes and all. But in reference to only reading, a high school graduate in Japan would be able to read at least 4,000 kanji.

    In conclusion, the pursuit of mastering Japanese will be quite a challenge, so it needs a lot of thought.

    On the other hand, German is a non-pro-drop SOV language with a set alphabet of twenty-six letters, majority of which you already use in English and Spanish.

    It is also an Indo-European language, so English and Spanish is in the same language family. Furthermore, English and German belong to the Germanic language classification in that family, which highlights how much more similar they are. There are many similar words that sound the same but are spelled differently, or otherwise are spelled the same but pronounced differently but have the same meaning. Fun stuff.

    Although German also have a set of formal and informal speech separately like Japanese, the language itself is a whole lot easier, as well as will likely serve to be more useful to study than Japanese, as it is more commonly spoken.

    In conclusion, Japanese is more difficult to study than German. So if you're looking to study a harder language, choose accordingly.

    Source(s): I study both Japanese and German.
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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Well, In my point of view, I think German will be easier for an English native speaker.

    I have read a book which says Japanese is a very unique language which requires us to use a different part of our brain to learn. Some people say that we use our 'left brain' in language but Japanese use their 'right brain' in language. I am not sure whether this theory has been proved, but I do think Japanese is a more difficult language than German if you are an English native speaker :)

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  • 4 years ago

    I would say German is not a intricate language to be trained. However, the other languages I've worked on learning are Russian, jap, and Arabic, (listed so as of how so much I've realized) that are all universally regarded more tricky. It takes longer to grasp the basics than it does with Spanish, obviously. German has 4 cases and 3 genders, which means more drilling is necessary to get them straight for your head, and in contrast to Spanish, you are not able to inform the gender of the vast majority of phrases simply through looking at them, you have to memorize the gender of the phrase when you be trained it. At an advanced degree, you have got to study the correct way to order a sentence in German, there may be a particularly strict algorithm, e.G. If your sentence includes a phrase like "in big apple", that solutions the question "the place?", it has to head after any phrase like "next Tuesday" that solutions the question "when?" The great factor about German, when you master the basics, is that, given that numerous German phrases are formed with the aid of combining more than one other German phrases, there come to be being rather fewer words that you just must memorize earlier than which you could read a newspaper or a novel, which as a minimum virtually makes up for the additional work early on studying the extra grammar. No longer that you don't need to work tough on constructing your vocabulary to get there.

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  • Tom S
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    7 years ago

    For an English speaker, German is much easier than Japanese. Why? Because Engish is a Germanic language and is closely related to German.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Japanese

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  • If you are a native English speaker, German would be easiest.

    Out of four tiers, German is in the second tier of difficulty, while Japanese is in the fourth and hardest tier. German is somewhat related to English. Japanese has virtually no similarities at all.

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  • 7 years ago

    i do know in order to read even the most basic Japanese you need to memorize at least 3000 kanji and thats just basic school grade education called joyou kanji not even high school or college grade reading. German would be much easier in that regard.

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  • 7 years ago

    It really depends on your mother tongue. Since English and German share the same origin, you will surely learn German much quicker provided that your mother tongue is English or any language which shares its origin with German.

    Source(s): I am an English teacher
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  • 7 years ago

    i think german would be easier 'cause you ready have english

    aprender aleman seria mas facil porque ya tienes idioma ingles como una base

    japanese is more difficult because of the pronounciation and all the graphics that it has

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  • 7 years ago

    the japanese character set contains two syllabaries and numerous characters that stand for individual words

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