Do Japanese People Think Japanese is Difficult? (Interview)

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A lot of people think that Japanese is a difficult language. But do Japanese people also think it is? I asked random people in the street.

(This was filmed way before COVID-19. That’s why nobody is wearing masks.)

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  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    That Japanese Man Yuta

    This interview was interesting for me too because it shows that many Japanese people also think "textbook Japanese" doesn't quite sound natural.

    I can also pinpoint pages of textbooks where people learn these "textbook" expressions.

    Of course, there's nothing wrong with speaking "textbook" Japanese. We can still understand you. You don't have to speak "naturally" to communicate with us.

    But if you are interesting learning "real-life" Japanese, I will send you Japanese lessons where I teach you the kind of Japanese that real-life Japanese people speak. Click here and subscribe
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    I need to know what that thing they do when they quickly repeat a single word or sound multiple times in a row is. I dont know what any of these means but like sometimes Ive heard people go "yaba yaba yaba" or "yare yare yaer" or "tai tai tai" ( at least thats what it sounds like to me) things like that, its all sorts of things. Im guessing its just exitment or something.
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Alien Slayer

    Do Japanese people think about polygamy
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Peter A.

    english can be pretty difficult or pretty easy depending on how you want to use it. english grammar is similar to japanese grammar in that outside of the "required" elements (subject/predicate in english and verb-form in japanese), things are pretty open. english is weird in that we have a habit of sticking whole sentences within other sentences arbitrarily (such as relative clauses and noun clauses)
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Mr B

    I am learning Spanish for practical reasons like:

    Spain is where I go on holiday!

    Keen interest in Spanish & Latin American culture!

    However, learning Japanese would be such a great way to learn my 3rd language as Japan really does have a unique culture.

    Also to go on holiday to Japan would be amazing!

    Japan has a really good economy and doing business in Japan would make sense... Another reason to learn Japanese.
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Erik Robinson

    At least Japanese has consistent conjugation of verbs and adjectives and pronunciation.
    In those ways it is much easier then English.
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    Lol the guy saying English isn’t difficult definitely doesn’t speak English
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Audrey B

    It would be easy if there were only katakana and hiraganas but noooooo they had to have kanjis and their goddamn onyomi/kunyomi too xD cries in foetal position in front of my kanji book
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    Am i the only one who like the textbook way of speaking a language? It just sounds more...polite i guess. Even in my own language, i wish i had retain the textbook way of speaking but i guess its impossible because you tend to follow and maintain your way of talking by the influence of others around you.
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Geoffrey Currie

    but i dont think it's a bad thing: he thinks it's a bad thing.
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Rafael Figueredo

    In my experience for me the most diffult of learn japanese are Kanji, Keigo & Intonation.
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Silberner Surfer

    The girl in red has very beautyful eyes!
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Terence Wang

    個人的に上司や年上の方、先輩等に対してどうやって喋ればいいかが分かりにくいですね。3:11 のアドバイスについて、友達に訊いたら「あ、それは別に気にしなくていいよ。」と返されるけれど失礼なことを言うのが怖がっているから、初対面では「~です、~ます」を使うことが多いです。



    (関西万歳!(^o^)/ )
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    BigRed K9er

    Eeeeh, i thought sakana meant fish x.x
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    Great and interesting video.

    Did no one catch the advise/advice mix up?
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    How does someone learn things like mesu and osu, but not learn the greeting osu...this feels backwards, lol. When are you using those in a normal conversation?
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    Kanji aside, I actually think Japanese is much easier than something like the romance languages, especially because it doesn't have male and female words. I also think the sentence structure is fairly simple, and pronunciation all being based on " a i u e o" is nice too. I think the only thing that can give people a hard time are things like "tsu" and the Japanese "r" that's sort of halfway between an "l" and an "r"
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Marry Ann Arellano

    The most difficult part is writing and reading
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Jasjeet Singh

    I personally think Japanese is pretty easy in terms of speaking and insane in terms of writing. Most other languages that have a well defined alphabet are much easier in writing. My native language is Hindi, and in terms of speaking, it's pretty darn difficult. Most of the native speakers also make mistakes every once in a while (especially in grammatical gender). The grammar is pretty complex too. I have studied English for 14 years and have native level fluency.
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    Spoken Japanese has his quirks, but almost every other language has weird stuff too. Written Japanese on the other hand is just a clusterfuck.
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Max TT

    1) Three writing systems that exist and live together
    2) kanji readings are far more than those in Chinese
    3) Intonation can change the whole meaning
    4) Speed, due to the syllable-based enunciation in Japanese, people tend to speak fast. It is even worse when you listen to elderly who speak fast, short, and barely open their mouths
    5) dialectical varieties
    6) Japanese grammar is not straightforward, and guess what!!! Those little particles like は/が are just an extra pain😔
    7) Did I mention honorific styles?!? It is another Pandora’s box. Who can imagine they would buy a dictionary only for Keigo 敬語🤣🤣🤣❗️
    8) Hell no! I am not forgetting those gorgeously-malicious mimic words called “ onomatopoeia “ ... YES, they exist and often used, but I luv them❣️
    9) Proverbs & idiomatic expressions ... Have you ever heard of 諺検!?
    What else?!?
    Japanese is really hard, but NO SURRENDER, NO RETREAT💪
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    baby gorl クリームシチュー美味過ぎ

    you can tell the girl in the red does not fuck with foreigners like that lmaooo she seems kinda stuckup and lowkey her friend does too!
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    Ngl, the girl in the thumb is kinda cute
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    I think words with different meanings (when u use it differently and ur intonation) applies for every country
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    dipu cena

    English is difficult?since when.i thought because it was so easy people tend to correct others over silly grammatical mistakes,when they lose an arguement.They will say,"moron ur grammar is wrong.go educate yourself".
    I have never heard japanese people getting called out like this over their grammatical mistake
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    Since the start of the video the a blue shirted foreigner in the back ground looking confused
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    J Z

    It’s very clear that most of these people only speak one language... it’s like... believe it or not, other languages have homonyms too 😱 Japanese is difficult though but for way different reasons i.e. honorifics and hierarchical language, the fact that it’s a non-contextual language, kanji (although billions of people outside of Japan also use Chinese characters). In terms of grammar though, Japanese is very logical and simple e.g. there are only 2 irregular verbs (there’s 283 in English and over 400 in Italian!), the sentence structure in Japanese always ends with the verb which makes verb congregation very easy, there’s almost no plurals in Japanese and nouns are asexual unlike French which divides everything into masculine or feminine. Also with only 5 vowel sounds pronunciation in Japanese is very easy. Danish has 32 vowel sounds! Also Japanese only has 17 consonants. Russian has 34 consonants!! And btw, the language with the most homonyms is Chinese!
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Stevphie Ricardo

    When Japanese people themselves think that Japanese is difficult. So, do you think I'm wasting my time learning the language? sigh
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    oor sim mwam

    There are so many foreigners who say "Japanese pronunciation is easy" here, but why then are there many "pls eng sub" comments in interview videos spoken by native Japanese?
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    When should we use onyomi and kunyomi
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36

    Tim Lucas

    “In Japanese one word can mean a few different things depending on pitch”

    Let me teach you a language called Chinese
  • Posted: August 14, 2020 05:36


    There is a guy that said something about the small letters, what does that mean? The little tsu to double the sound?

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