About Japanese Language

Japanese has roughly 125 million speakers worldwide, mainly in Japan where it is the national language. The origin of the language is still unclear and debate is still ongoing over whether Japanese has any relation to other language groups such as Korean and the Altaic language family to which it shows many similarities. Moreover, one of the three character sets used in the Japanese writing system is Chinese characters, or Kanji. The rest are Hiragana which is used to write original Japanese words, and Katakana which is mainly used for writing foreign-language loanwords and foreign names.

Foreign Influence

Apart from the extensive use of Chinese characters in its writing system, Japanese vocabulary also contains a large portion of words borrowed from Chinese and a huge amount of loanwords from European languages, particularly English. To illustrate, it is said that maybe 50% of the Japanese words have Chinese origin. English loanwords also have become frequently used nowadays. In fact, there is even a term called Wasei-eigo meaning Japanese-made English words which were originally borrowed loanwords from English but have developed overtime and gained a different meaning. For example, “kanningu” means “cheating” instead of “cunning”.

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Translating Japanese can be complicated due to its complex grammatical system and layers of politeness and formality. Being headquartered in Japan, SiteEngine is able to recruit top-talent native Japanese translators to take charge of your important translation tasks, and we also carefully recheck the finished work in order to ensure precision and accuracy. As a result, we can proudly guarantee your satisfaction in our professional and efficient translation service.