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|The Japanese Language|
known to native speakers as Nihongo, is spoken by 127 million people,
most of whom reside in Japan, though significant Japanese-speaking emigrant
populations live in the US and Brazil and other countries. Although etymologically
unrelated to Chinese, Japanese is heavily influenced by Chinese through
1500 years of language contact. Influences are evident in the Japanese
system of writing (kanji) as well as vocabulary and grammatical
similarities. The exact origins of the Japanese language are unknown....
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Japanese audio CDs: Audio-only programs for learning conversational Japanese -- in the car, at the gym, on the go, anytime.
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Japan-Guide Forum: Useful discussions on Japanese culture and customs.
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