Which language should I learn - Korean or Japanese?

Which language should I learn - Korean or Japanese?




Japenese will have good scope in Future.

4/1/2015
Ayushi (12 posts) 

 I compared the difficulty of Japanese and (Mandarin) Chinese by looking at several aspects of the two languages. As I suspected, this drew out a large number of responses (or at least larger than what I’m used to in any case). However, I was surprised to see how civilized and thoughtful the comments turned out to be. So, I decided to do another language comparison, this time with Japanese and Korean. Before I start, I’d like to mention what I write here is strictly my observations and may not be entirely accurate.

4/23/2015
victoria (12 posts) 

Explained well.

4/24/2015
Samira (12 posts) 

Korean.

7/21/2015
pragiti (20 posts) 

Japanese language has a wide scope.

11/20/2015
venky (15 posts) 

  • Grammar: Hard  The syntax of Japanese is inverted from English, so you're really learning a whole new grammatical structure.  Additionally, there are conjugations with very subtle differences as well as conjugations based on honorific levels (ranging from rude to the highest level of respect).  The bane for most learners of Japanese, I think, is particles.  They are sometimes interchangeable and don't follow the strictest set of rules.  Oftentimes, you just have to know.
  • Speaking: Easy-Medium.  There are no tones and English has pretty much all the sounds you need for Japanese (minus the "r", but if you took Spanish in high school, it should be fine).  Plus, the pronounciation of a consonant-vowel combo never changes, unlike English.  An "a" sound is pronounced the same in all cases, none of that ah/ay nonsense.  However, mastery of pitch differences, while easier than tones, easily distinguishes non-native from native speakers.
  • Reading/Writing: Medium-Hard.  The plus side is that there is a set amount of hiragana and katakana, which make up a good deal of the Japanese language and are often written above difficult kanji to tell you the pronunciation (furigana).  It also has significantly less kanji than Chinese.  However, unlike Chinese, each character has an onyomi and kunyomi pronunciation (one based on the Chinese origins, another based on whatever native Japanese word they chose to attach the kanji to when they adopted it) and some common characters even have 3+.  That pretty much doubles what you have to learn for kanji, and you sometimes can't tell which pronunciation you're supposed to use.
11/30/2015
cziar (15 posts) 

Korean is the more complex of the two languages and, as such, I've heard (and it stands to reason) that the advantages of going from Korean to Japanese are greater than the other way around, though learning either should make the other easier.

12/17/2015
kenny (15 posts) 


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