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Japanese is the mother tongue of a nation of 125 million, home to the world’s third largest economy and a highly refined civilization with sophisticated cultural institutions. The language shares common roots with other East Asian languages, making access to kanji straightforward for those who can already read Chinese, while also offering the new experience of learning two other systems of phonetic symbols (hiragana and katakana). Learning Japanese is also a way to understand and appreciate the nation’s fascinating popular culture, ranging from manga and animation to cosplay and globally renowned Japanese cuisine.


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