Is the Japanese language similar to Chinese?

Q: Is the Japanese language similar to Chinese?

A: No, it isn’t. Besides kanji that was originally borrowed from Chinese, linguistically, Japanese is very different from Chinese. Grammatically, Chinese is even closer to English than Japanese. They say for example, “wo ai ni”, or “I love you”, in Chinese using the same word order as English. The Japanese word order is “I you love”. Chinese is also a typical tonal language, in which the different in tones gives words different meanings even if they have the same pronunciation.

 

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