Probably India did not have a clear local name earlier because, like Chinait seemed to be the principal portion of the entire world, and so simply the world itself. Sumeru or Meruthe only one inhabited with humans identical to us. The only question was how much of it was taken up by India.
Which is harder to learn, Chinese or Japanese? Well, the latest time finally inspired me to make this graphic. Both have insane writing systems and lots of cultural background to learn, so those basically cancel each other out.
Any language requires lots of vocabulary memorization.
Japanese has loads of loanwords from English, but really learning to use the loanwords like a native speaker instead of a crutch is not so easy to do, so I left that factor out as well. For me, the major points of comparison come down to just pronunciation and grammar.
Japanese pronunciation is quite easy at first. The absolute beginner can memorize a few sentences, try to use them 20 minutes later, and be understood. The real difficulty with Japanese is in trying to sound like a native speaker. Getting pitch accent and sentence intonation to a native-like level is no easy task and I have not done it yet!
Chinese pronunciation, is, of course, maddeningly difficult from the get-go. It can be so hard to make yourself understood when your sentence is only three syllables long. If you keep at it, though, things get waaayyy easier.
Chinese grammar starts out fairly simple for English speakers. Japanese grammar starts out seeming like some bizarre alien code. However, through hard work and determination, the persistent can eventually crack it. But it sure is rough at first.
Just to be clear, this is all based on my personal experiences as a very acquisition-conscious language learner, not on scientific research. Please feel free to add your own experiences with these two languages in the comments.In some ways, Korean is the easiest of the three Asian languages to read, because the writing system is an alphabet.
Korean is written in Hangul, an original and unique Korean phonetic script.
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Which is harder? Japanese or Korean? Posted on August 12, by taekk. In my previous post, I compared the difficulty of Japanese and (Mandarin) Chinese by looking at several aspects of the two languages.
As I suspected, this drew out a large number of responses (or at least larger than what I’m used to in any case). Also Korean. Korean also uses Chinese characters, calling them hanja (한자), and the pronunciations are somewhat different again (although closer to Chinese than Japanese, as far as I know).
Beyond that, China’s huge variety of dialects and language groups can also be written using hanzi, despite having very different pronunciations.