Are Japanese and Korean the same?
- BobLv 51 month agoFavorite Answer
No they're not the same but have many similarities.
The geographically close Japanese and Korean languages share considerable similarity in typological features of their syntax and morphology while having a small number of lexical resemblances and different native scripts, although a common denominator is the presence of Chinese characters, where kanji are part of Japanese orthography, while hanja were historically used to write Korean (marginally for limited academic, legal, media, stylistic and disambiguation purposes in South Korea today, while eliminated in North Korea).
- Erik Van ThienenLv 71 month ago
Not at all. Both Japanese and Korean are each a language isolate, with no demonstrable genealogical relationship with any other languages.
But there has been heavy mutual borrowing of vocabulary, especially from ancient Korean into Old Japanese.