Translations in Japanese


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Japanese is the official language of Japan and is the ninth most spoken language in the world.
It is spoken by the whole Japanese population (about 125 million inhabitants) and by other 2 million people speaking it as a second language. Of these, more than 250.000 live in Hawaii (30% of the population), about 300.000 in California, 400.000 in Brazil, a large amount in Peru and in other parts of the world too.
Moreover, in ancient Japanese colonies such as Korea, Manchuria, Guam, Taiwan, the Marshall islands and Palau it is known by the elderly people who studied it at school when they were children.

The standard Japanese, that is the official language, is strongly based on the dialect of Kanto, a region of Tokyo. Besides this there are many other dialects, in some cases very similar but in others so different to be hardly comprehensible between them.
Such a dialectal variety is mainly due to the long story of isolation, both internal and external, that have characterized Japan through the centuries.
Finally, it is worth to notice that some linguists consider the language spoken on the island of Okinawa as a dialect of Japanese for its lexical and grammatical similarities with it; other scholars instead tend to consider it a language apart (even though belonging to the same family of Japanese) because the two languages are nearly incomprehensible between them.

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Translations in Japanese