Japanese is the ninth most commonly-spoken language in the world, coming from a geographically tiny country with a population of over 120 million people. Japanese employs multiple alphabets that are complex and full of history. The three separate alphabets of Japanese are called: Kanji, Katakana and Hiragana. Kanji was originally developed from Chinese characters and is the oldest of the alphabets, while Katakana and Hiragana were invented in the seventh and eighth centuries, each of their 46 letters representing a different sound. The Katakana alphabet is used for loanwords from other languages, while Hiragana is used for traditional Japanese words.
Romanization has taken hold of the Japanese language in recent times which has become commonly written in the Latin alphabet as well. This is referred to as ‘Romanized Japanese.’ Aside from its massive population of native speakers in the physical sense, the Japanese language is an incredible force on the Internet where Romanized Japanese has taken root and is typically what the rest of the world sees when they see Japanese these days. In fact, almost ten percent of all Internet users in the world are estimated to be Japanese. This is the third-largest linguistic population group on the Internet.
There are no plural forms of words in the Japanese language and no possessive forms. It is traditionally written from right to left in vertical lines (but is now more flexible) and it is possible to make a clear sentence from just one symbol.
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