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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Is it possible to write Japanese without any kanji and foreign words?

4 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    It is technically possible if you write everything in hiragana but it would look very childish.

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  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You can use hirigana alphabet to write all words but kanji is beautiful.

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  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I love Scott's answer.

    It also depends on what you mean by "foreign words".    

    English, for example, has a lot of words from Old French or Latin.  Possible, example,  and depend, for example, are not purely English words, but they have been in English for hundreds of years.  By now, they should be considered fully English.  They have evolved with English over the centuries. 

    The same is true of Japanese and Chinese, except that many Chinese words have been in Japanese for over 1000 years and some have evolved so much that they are no longer similar to their modern counterparts in the various Chinese languages.   If you do include those, then yes.  If you don't (which I would disagree with), then no. 

    It would also take a lot longer to write many phrases (but not all). 

    The nice part about kanji is that it separates the core meanings from the grammatical glue of Japanese (which is written in hiragana).  Particularly valuable since Japanese doesn't use spacing to separate words from other words.   Japanese, like English, is also rich in homophones, which become homonyms when they are all written in hiragana only. 

    Source(s): intermediate Japanese
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  • Scott
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Yes.  But it would be archaic and would not be able to talk about tech stuff.  Just straight Hiragana like in children’s books.

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