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How Many Words In Japanese?

When you start learning a new language it’s a valid wondering how many words are there waiting for you to learn. Today we’ll discover how many words you need to learn if you’re serious about learning Japanese.

How many words are in the Japanese language?

As it’s not possible to prepare and provide a specific number of quotes as language is always evolving, let’s focus on what we know so far.

Depending on the source we can assume the Japanese language has anything around 500,000 words. That’s a lot and this might add to the difficulty of learning Japanese but there is also a positive side to it – YOU DON’T NEED TO LEARN ALL WORDS TO BE FLUENT.

The aforementioned number is based on one of the dictionaries of the Japanese language and it’s a scary thought to picture learning all of those words. Even with 20 new words a day learning Japanese might have taken more than 68 years and even then we’d have more words new words to learn because language is evolving every day.

READ: How Hard Is It To learn Japanese From English?

How many English loan words in Japanese?

Good thing about Japanese vocabulary is that it has many loanwords from English. Some of the loanwords come from other languages, but English loanwords make around 90% of them. If we were so say how many common words come from English language, then it would be an astonishing 20-25% of words which is a massive help if we’re just starting out with learning Japanese.

It is hard though to provide a specific amount of word that come from English as basically any English word could be a loanword. You will also find articles about English loanwords being a fret to Japanese but that’s a discussion for another time. As of now it’s better to focus on trying to learn as many words as possible if you’re interested in the language and just enjoying the moment.

Want to learn more about Japanese?

While some aspects of Japanese might be challenging, many learners find the language rewarding and enjoyable. If you’re ready to start your adventure and you want to spend some time mastering the Japanese pronunciation then Japanese might not be half as bad.

Be sure to read more about Japanese here.

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