One of the most fascinating and frustrating things about Japanese is that it is a very precise language. For example, the word for “husband” and the word for “prisoner” only varies by the length of one vowel. It is a metered language, it does not have stresses like in English.
My thoughts on kanji and what they are for have evolved over the past year or two. When first starting Japanese, they seem almost redundant and needlessly difficult. Why use kanji, you think, when there are around 110 perfectly good syllables to use in their place? But that’s an English