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Japanese is Not a Straightforward Language

Every now and then I’ll hear someone say that Japanese is pretty straightforward.  I’ve said that a couple of times, and in limited contexts, it’s true.  The rules are pretty clear, and most of the time if you follow them you’ll do okay. See the catch in that sentence?  “Most of the time.” Let me enumerate the ways in which Japanese is NOT straightforward. Rendaku.  It’s so complicated that a guy made Lyman made a law about it.  That only mostly applies. Yomikata.  Kanji readings are for the most part… Read More »Japanese is Not a Straightforward Language