QUOTE(hitokiri @ Jan 19 2005, 12:09 AM)
QUOTE(keske @ Jan 19 2005, 02:00 AM)
You are right that Chinese has a lot of similarities to Japanese
there's a reason for this... japanese and all the east asian languages were originally based on chinese. hell its was only roughly 45 years ago when the japanese changed their written language from traditional chinese.
Exactly. In addition to the standard set of kanji and hiragana and katakana, they have many invented and simplified characters, and changed the meanings for some words. Like some kanji are just used for phonetic purposes. But all in all, Japanese is fairly close to Chinese yet enough to be different.