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Nearly all Japanese speakers reside in Japan - only about 3 million live abroad. Japanese is a language isolate, unrelated to any other languages - with the exception of a few languages spoken on the Ryūkyū Islands, which are sometimes considered dialects of Japanese. Despite this, up to 50% of Japanese vocabulary comes from Chinese. English has also supplied many words - although Japanese pronunciation rules, which dictate that all consonants must be separated by a vowel, mean that pronunciation may get altered, so takushī is taxi and uwettosūtsu is wetsuit.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Japan

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Number Of Speakers

125,000,000

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Japonic

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Fun facts about Japanese

Japanese has a colour, mizu, which doesn't exist in all other languages - in English it might be called sky blue.

The Japanese compliment someone by calling them an egg with eyes - tamago gata no kao - meaning someone with a beautiful, oval-shaped face.

Research shows that Japanese is one of the fastest spoken languages in terms of syllables spoken per second.

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