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Japanese language courses

You can try a Japanese course for 14 days for free. The WordDive method gives you permanent learning results in just one week! The range of courses includes Japanese for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced levels.

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Anybody can learn Japanese with the WordDive method.

Learn Japanese online

Learn Japanese online! Studying Japanese online is efficient with WordDive. It's easy to get started and learn. WordDive has been chosen as the best e-learning solution in Finland. You can try studying Japanese for 14 days for free.

Studying Japanese

Activating your brain through the use of multiple senses is what makes studying Japanese with WordDive so efficient. You'll see, think, read, write, listen and pronounce. WordDive will also recognize your learning speed and starting level in Japanese and tailor the speed of progress and content individually for you.

The Japanese language (nihongo - 日本語)

Japanese is the first language of over 130 million people, mostly Japanese citizens living in Japan and abroad. In recent years, the popularity of Japanese culture (cosplay, anime, manga, martial arts) has rapidly increased interest in the Japanese language outside the country.

Many things about the Japanese language are easy. There are no singulars and plurals: for example, "inu" means both one dog and several dogs. There are only two tenses: present and past.

You can get a flying start with Japanese by studying the language in the basic Latin alphabet.

The Japanese writing system

Because Japanese has so few syllables, there are plenty of homonyms. To avoid misunderstandings, it is necessary to have characters that carry not only sounds, but also meanings.

The characters known as kanji were born from drawn symbols, which were simplified toward a harmonious square form over time. For example, the kanji character 日(JITSU, NICHI, NI, hi, ka) that stands for sun and day is thought to have developed as follows:
NICHI history

In addition to kanji, there are two other writing systems. This means Japanese can be written in three ways:

  • In kanji characters, where one character stands for a concept, e.g. "馬" (uma, horse)
  • In characters called hiragana and katakana (kana for short), where one character stands for one syllabic sound, e.g. "うま" (uma, horse)
  • In roomaji or the Latin alphabet, e.g. "uma" (horse)

Roomaji characters were born of the need to write the Japanese language in the Latin alphabet. They are used in studying Japanese, but also for many other purposes, such as logo design and writing Japanese on a computer.

Installing Japanese support

Word order

Japanese word order in a phrase is typically subject - object - verb. Below is the example "I speak Japanese."

The particle wa shows the subject and the particle o the object. Their order may change, but particles still make it easy to recognize the parts of the sentence.

  subject particle object particle verb suffix
kanji 日本語 話し ます。
kana わたし にほんご はなし ます。
roomaji Watashi wa nihongo o hanashi masu.
English I <- subject Japanese <- object speak .

The verb is always at the end of the phrase, and its suffix shows the tense and politeness level. The suffix "-masu" indicates that the speaking happens right now (present tense) and that the polite level of speech is used.

The clear structure, particles, and striving toward short and simple expressions make it easy to get started with Japanese. Even with a small vocabulary, you can express yourself and understand simple replies.

On the other hand, the politeness levels of the complex social hierarchy and the habit of speaking indirectly mean that the skilled Japanese speaker must have advanced cultural knowledge and situational awareness.

All this together makes the Japanese language a fascinating hobby that will offer endless opportunities for learning more.

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