Japanese Alphabet: An Easy Guide for Beginners (2023)

What’s the Japanese alphabet?

How do you learn it?

What are all those characters really about?

If you’re asking these questions, then you’ll get your answers here. In this simple guide, you’ll learn all about the Japanese alphabet and writing systems. Afterwards, you’ll know what to learn and where to go next. You’ll also get worksheets and tutorials.

To start you off, there are 3 main Japanese writing systems.

  1. Hiragana
  2. Katakana
  3. Kanji

And then, there’s also romaji… which isn’t really a native Japanese writing system but is still used a bit in Japan. So, let’s explain them all.

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1. Romaji. Is Romaji English?

Romaji (ローマ字) is a writing system that is a romanization of the Japanese language.

It is basically a way to express Japanese writing using the Latin alphabet. Yes, letters that you’re reading now. Many English words that represent Japanese words like sushi, ramen, ninja, or samurai can be considered romaji.

For example, the following Japanese sentence can turn into romaji:

  • Regular Japanese writing: 今日は学校に行って、勉強しました
  • Romaji version: Kyou wa gakkou ni itte, benkyou shimashita.
  • Regular Japanese writing: 日本でお寿司を食べるのが楽しみです。
  • Romaji version: Nihon de osushi o taberu no ga tanoshimi desu.

When is Japanese Romaji used?

As you can see, romaji makes it easier to read the writing for those unfamiliar with Japanese characters. Although all Japanese people learn and know this system of writing in school, it is not used as a replacement for the traditional Japanese characters.

Who uses Romaji? It’s commonly used so foreigners can read the train stops and signs. It’s also used as a method for typing Japanese on the computer. In addition, most Japanese language textbooks use romaji to accompany the Japanese characters. This way, the learner doesn’t have to question how the words and sentences sound.

(Video) ULTIMATE JAPANESE ALPHABET GUIDE | Learn Hiragana

Should you learn Romaji?Technically, you already know romaji, so… no.

  • Review
  • Romaji is Japanese written in the Latin alphabet (these very same letters you’re reading now.
  • Romaji is mainly used for foreigners and learners to make reading easier. Japanese people have no need to write Japanese words in Romaji.

Now, let’s move on to the rest of the Japanese writing systems.

2. Kana

What is Kana?

Kana is simply a word for both – Hiragana and Katakana. So, if someone asks, “do you know all of the Kana?” They’re asking you if you know both Hiragana and Katakana.

Cool? Cool.

Now, onto Hiragana.

3. Hiragana

Hiragana (平仮名) is a type of Japanese writing system.

How many Hiragana are there? There are 46 “letters” or characters in total. But unlike our alphabet where one letter represents one sound, each Hiragana character or “letter” represents a syllable.

Most characters are a combination of a Japanese consonants and Japanese vowels.

For example, these characters are:

  • か ka (pronounced: ka)
  • き ki (pronounced: kee)
  • く ku (pronounced: koo)
  • け ke (pronounced: keh)
  • こ ko (pronounced: koh)

Remember the Ah, Ee, Ooh, Eh, Oh pattern. You’ll see it for all the other characters.

Basic Hiragana Chart:

あ aか kaさ saた taな naは haま maや yaら raわ wa
い iき kiし shiち chiに niひ hiみ miり ri
う uく kuす suつ tsuぬ nuふ fuむ muゆ yuる ruを o
え eけ keせ seて teね neへ heめ meれ re
お oこ koそ soと toの noほ hoも moよ yoろ roん n

Hiragana is one of the most basic forms of Japanese characters. It was imported from cursive-style Chinese writing in the 9th century. Here are some words that are only written in hiragana:

  • こんにちは(Konnichiwa) – Hello
  • こんばんは (Konbanwa) – Good evening
  • どうぞ (Douzo) – Please
  • おはよう (Ohayou) – Good morning

When is Hiragana used?

Since you’re a learner…

…You’ll mostly see 100% Hiragana use in beginner level textbooks for Japanese learners.

(Video) How to Read and Write Hiragana Alphabet | Learn Japanese for Beginners

Hiragana is also used in kids’ books and comics to make it easy for them to read.

Otherwise, Hiragana is typically used to fill in the particles of Japanese grammar. It is used to make sentences smoother to read and add nuances to the speech.

What do I mean by that? Well, here. Take the sentence…

  • I eat sushi.
  • Hiragana version: わたしはすしをたべます。
    • That’s what you’d encounter in a beginner textbook before you learn any Kanji.
    • For native speakers, it’s a bit impractical to read because Japanese has no spaces and it may be hard to tell when one word starts and the other ends. It’d be like reading “Ieatsushi” which is not easy to read.
    • So, that’s where Kanji comes in and for the most part, Hiragana is used to fill in the particles. So, look at the next sentence.
  • 寿司べます

In recent times, it’s also often considered a feminine character. Many female names will only be written in hiragana.

When should you learn it?

On day one.

Hiragana is the first Japanese alphabet that you should learn because it represents all of the Japanese syllables! And it should take you about a week or less to learn all 46 characters. At least, college classes spend up at a week on Hiragana (and Katakana.)

In schools, Japanese children will first learn hiragana so that they can put their words on paper and start reading books. Manga (comics) or books for children are often completely written in hiragana so that it can be read at a young age.

  • Review:
    • Hiragana is the first and most basic Japanese alphabet you should learn.
    • There are 46 characters.
    • This should take you a week or less to learn.

4. Katakana

Katakana is another type of Japanese alphabet that represents the Japanese syllables. It’s said that the origin of these characters come from fragmented versions of Chinese characters.

Katakana has the same exact sounds as Hiragana — 46.

Both Hiragana and Katakana are referred to as “kana.”

Basic katakana chart:

ア aカ kaサ saタ taナ naハ haマ maヤ yaラ raワ wa
イ iキ kiシ shiチ chiニ niヒ hiミ miリ ri
ウ uク kuス suツ tsuヌ nuフ fuム muユ yuル ruヲ o
エ eケ keセ seテ teネ neヘ heメ meレ re
オ oコ koソ soト toノ noホ hoモ moヨ yoロ roン n

Now, here are some Katakana examples.

  • コーヒー (koohii) – Coffee (English word origin)
  • ビジネス (bijinesu) – Business (English word origin)
  • アイスクリーム (Aisukuriimu) – Ice cream (English word origin)
  • ラーメン (raamen) – Ramen (Chinese word origin)
  • マカロン (makaron) – Macaron (French word origin)
  • パン (pan) – Bread (Spanish word origin)

When is Katakana used?

So, what’s the deal with Katakana? Why is there Katakana if you have Hiragana with the same exact sounds?

Well, Hiragana is for Japanese words.

(Video) Ultimate Guide How to Read and Pronounce Japanese Alphabet Hiragana in 10 minutes

And Katakana is mainly used to express words from other languages. Words like “ice cream” and “ramen.” As you can see in the example words above, all of their word origins come from another language. So with katakana, it’s possible to incorporate foreign words into Japanese. New words in katakana are constantly added and created from other languages!

Also, if you were to translate your name into Japanese, you’d have to write it in Katakana.

Katakana is also used to write onomatopeia, scientific terms, and you may also see it in advertising — to catch attention.

When should you learn it?

It’s best to learn katakana, once you know hiragana. Hiragana and katakana both represent the Japanese syllables, so it should be relatively easy to learn.

Once you know katakana you can start to use any kind of borrowed word from a foreign language. Borrowed words make up almost one fifth of common speech in Japanese.

5. Hiragana vs Katakana

Difference Between Hiragana and Katakana

By now, you know that both Hiragana and Katakana have the same sounds. Same number of characters. So, what’s the deal? What’s the difference between Hiragana and Katakana?

Yes, both represent the same exact sounds. They’re different versions of the same thing.

So, you’re wondering why learn 2 different things if they mean the same? Well…

The difference between Hiragana and Katakana is…

  • Usage. As you learned above, Katakana is used for words that were borrowed from foreign languages, for foreign names, for scientific terms and advertisements. To keep it simple, just remember that Katakana is ONLY used for words of foreign origin. This is the main difference and why you need to learn both.

Now, to help you tell the difference between Hiragana and Katakana… they differ in terms of looks.

  • Looks.Hiragana and Katakana look a bit different from each other. To keep it simple, remember that Katakana has a bit of a “sharper” appearance whereas Hiragana is more curvier.
HiraganaKatakana
あ aア a
い iイ i
う uウ u
え eエ e
お oオ o

So now, you know the difference between hiragana and katakana.

How Long Does it Take to Learn Hiragana & Katakana?

How long to learn Hiragana and Katakana?

In most college classes, students learn the 2 Japanese writing systems in the first week. So, a week.

Could you learn them any faster? Yes, but as with all learning, in order to retain, you need to immediately use what you learn. So, if you memorize all the characters in 1 hour but don’t practice them, you’ll forget them just as quickly.

(Video) How to Pronounce the Japanese Alphabet in Less Than 10 Minutes! | Learn Japanese

  • Learn Hiragana here: How To Learn Japanese Hiragana in Under 1 Hour. Part 1
  • Learn Katakana here: How To Learn Japanese Katakana in Under 1 Hour. Part 1

5. Kanji – 漢字

Chinese characters called hanzi were adopted into Japanese writing to represent different words in Japanese. This is one of the most beautiful ways of using characters in the Japanese language. These characters usually represent objects, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. They can be symbolic and depict the image of what it represents.

Here are some examples of kanji:

  • 木 (ki) – Tree
  • 山 (yama) – Mountain
  • 口 (kuchi) – Mouth
  • 愛 (ai) – Love

When to use Kanji?

So, when do you use Kanji?

Kanji is used so that sentences are easier to read. It’s possible to write all sentences in hiragana or katakana. Remember… in Japanese writing, there are no spaces to separate the words in the sentence. This can make it difficult to differentiate the nouns, verbs, or other grammatical parts. Kanji can solve this problem by grouping the words together and adding structure to the sentence.

Remember this example?

  • I eat sushi.
  • Hiragana version: わたしはすしをたべます。
  • Version with Kanji: 寿司べます

When should you learn Kanji?

It’s best to start learning kanji as soon as you learn hiragana and katakana.

Once you start to learn kanji you will realize that it is a long process to learn all of them. In order to read Japanese fluently, you will need to know at least 2,000 kanji! Although it’s difficult to learn many characters, each kanji represents a word or part of a word so it is similar to learning vocabulary.

And don’t worry, if that sounds like a lot… even Japanese people struggle with Kanji.

How do the Japanese people learn Kanji?They learn in grade school and pick up hundreds of kanji per year. So because they’re using Kanji all the time, they learn it all through every day practice.

Want to learn Japanese Kanji? Download your free Japanese Kanji workbook here.

Japanese Alphabet Conclusion

Now you know that there are 3 official Japanese writing systems.

  • Hiragana: The most basic one. Learn this first.
  • Katakana: Same sounds as hiragana. Used for foreign words. Learn this after Hiragana.
  • Kanji: Used for Japanese words. Learn this after hiragana and katakana.

And then, there’s romaji — or latin letters (like this) — used to write Japanese words.

(Video) How To Read All Katakana カタカナ (Japanese Alphabet) | Ultimate Guide for Beginners | Basic Japanese

So, what’s next?

  • Learn Hiragana here: How To Learn Japanese Hiragana in Under 1 Hour. Part 1
  • Learn Katakana here: How To Learn Japanese Katakana in Under 1 Hour. Part 1

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FAQs

What Japanese alphabet is the easiest to learn? ›

Hiragana and katakana are easy enough to learn – and will be a big help if you're thinking about travelling to Japan, or learning basic Japanese. Learning kanji is a little trickier, but we'll come to that later.

What is the basic alphabet of Japan? ›

The Japanese language has three types of characters: Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Hiragana and Katakana are phonetic symbols, each representing one syllable while Kanji is ideogram, each stand for certain meaning. Speaking and listening, right here.

How do I memorize the Japanese alphabet? ›

So yes Oda hiragana you have a hiragana chart here hmm and as well as katakana. I think comedy

Should I learn katakana or hiragana first? ›

We suggest you start learning Hiragana, then Katakana and then Kanji. If you learn Hiragana first, it will be easier to learn Katakana next. Hiragana will help you learn Japanese pronunciation properly, read Japanese beginners' textbooks and write sentences in Japanese.

Do I have to learn all 3 Japanese alphabets? ›

The Japanese language relies on not one but three different alphabets — hiragana, katakana and kanji — which are differentiated both by their distinct appearances and by their use. No wonder Japanese is such a difficult language for English-speakers to learn!

Why are there 3 alphabets in Japanese? ›

Because they serve different purposes. Hiragana and Katakana are syllabaries, while Kanji is logographic. Kanji is used for the basic meaning of words. Hiragana is used for things like particles, conjugations, prepositions, etc.

Which Japanese alphabet is used most? ›

Hiragana is the most commonly used, standard form of Japanese writing. It's used on its own or in conjunction with kanji to form words, and it's the first form of Japanese writing that children learn.

How is R pronounced in Japanese? ›

The Japanese "r" is different from the English "r". The sound is sort of between the English "r" and "l". To make "r" sound, start to say "l", but make your tongue stop short of the roof of your mouth, almost in the English "d" position. It is more like the Spanish "r".

Is Japanese alphabet easy? ›

Because it's easier spoken than written, the Japanese writing system and – naturally – the Japanese alphabet are “guilty” of making Japanese the hardest language to learn by a native English speaker along with Chinese, Korean and Arabic.

Is Japanese easy to learn? ›

The Japanese language is considered one of the most difficult to learn by many English speakers. With three separate writing systems, an opposite sentence structure to English, and a complicated hierarchy of politeness, it's decidedly complex.

What is J in Japanese? ›

Letters: A = chi B = tsu C = te D = to E = na F = ni G = nu H = ne I = no J = ha K = hi L = fu M = he N = ho O = ma P = mi Q = mu R = me S = mo T = ya U... Japanese Alphabet.

What is the easiest language to learn? ›

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How do you write T in Japanese? ›

ち; ぢ. ち; ぢ. Hiragana ち is written in 2 strokes. The first stroke goes from left to right.

Do Japanese use hiragana or kanji more? ›

In a sense, hiragana is the most commonly used, standard form of Japanese writing. Japanese vocabulary usually tends to be written in hiragana as opposed to katakana. Also, hiragana is used to write furigana, a reading aid that shows the pronunciation of kanji characters, which is sure to be helpful.

Can you learn katakana in a day? ›

As with anything, learning anything is totally dependent on the person who is learning. That said, it's possible to 'learn' both katakana and hiragana in a day.

Which is easier hiragana or kanji? ›

Hiragana, though, are much simpler in both form and function. They take fewer strokes to write than all but the simplest kanji, and instead of representing concepts, hiragana are used for writing phonetically.

Should I learn kanji or hiragana? ›

So being a beginner in Japanese, we will consider you like a “kid.” That being said, you need to learn Hiragana first before you learn Katakana and Kanji. In the Japanese language, Hiragana is the main phonetic writing system that is used to represent every specific sound.

Why is kanji still used? ›

Because it makes written communication easier for Japanese people. Sure, it's difficult for foreigners to learn, and Japanese kids also need to make an effort. But as has been mentioned, Japanese has many homonyms, and kanji helps to distinguish meaning clearly and efficiently.

How do you spell my name in Japanese? ›

To write your name in Japanese, the easiest way is to find a Katakana letter that corresponds to the pronunciation of your Japanese name. For example, if your name is “Maria,” look for the Katakana character for Ma, which is マ, then the character for Ri, which is リ, and then character for A, which is ア.

Can you learn hiragana in a day? ›

You can actually learn the basics of it in one day. Use the next three days to help distinguish characters that may look similar like Ha は, Ho ほ, Ma ま or Sa さ and Chi ち. After that, you just need to spend a week trying to recall them as you may forget them often.

Can Japanese write kanji? ›

90% of the Japanese people can write kanji. That is the percentage of Japanese people who are literate. Now, how much kanji they can write does vary. For average Japanese, they only need to know 1943–2000 kanji in order to read everyday signs, newspapers, town names and such.

Can you write Japanese with only kanji? ›

No. It is not possible to write standard Modern Japanese in kanji only. You may see newspaper headlines without kana particles but that is an artificial use of orthography to save space on the page. Headlines do not reflect grammatical or syntactic norms within the language itself.

Can you speak Japanese with only hiragana? ›

I am afraid you can't only use hiragana when writing Japanese. One hiragana word may correspond to a lot of kanji words.

Do Japanese write right to left? ›

When written vertically, Japanese text is written from top to bottom, with multiple columns of text progressing from right to left. When written horizontally, text is almost always written left to right, with multiple rows progressing downward, as in standard English text.

Why is katakana harder than hiragana? ›

Is katakana hard to learn? It's a bit harder to learn than hiragana because most Japanese texts are peppered all over with hiragana, meaning you get more familiarity with more hiragana more quickly than with katakana, which are mostly used for foreign words or names.

Is Baka a swear word? ›

Baka (馬鹿 or ばか) is a Japanese swear or curse word meaning idiot, jackass, dumbass, or unthinking fool. (Excuse our language, please!) That said, baka's meaning is highly contextual, as our resident Japanese expert explains: “Baka (馬鹿) means a fool or an idiot, and used as an insult.

Can I learn Japanese in 3 months? ›

How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese on Average? With consistent studying and speaking, for about 30 minutes to an hour a day, you could speak at a conversational level in Japanese in about 3 months.

Why do Japanese confuse L and r? ›

The Japanese sound is more of a cross between the English R and L, so it's very difficult to distinguish the two, hence Engrish. A proper hard R is actually just as difficult to pronounce as an L for Japanese speakers, and the hardest words to pronounce are those with both sounds (for example, parallel).

What should I learn first in Japanese? ›

Learn to Read Hiragana

The other two are katakana and kanji, but hiragana is where everything starts. The ability to read hiragana is going to be a prerequisite for most beginner Japanese textbooks and resources. It's the first thing you learn in a traditional classroom.

What is basic level Japanese? ›

The easiest level is N5 and the most difficult level is N1. N4 and N5 measure the level of understanding of basic Japanese mainly learned in class. N1and N2 measure the level of understanding of Japanese used in a broad range of scenes in actual everyday life. N3 is a bridging level between N1/N2 and N4/N5.

What are the basic Japanese words? ›

Basic Phrases
  • Hai. Yes. はい。
  • Iie. No. いいえ。
  • O-negai shimasu. Please. おねがいします。
  • Arigatō. Thank you. ありがとう。
  • Dōitashimashite. You're welcome. どういたしまして。
  • Sumimasen. Excuse me. すみません。
  • Gomennasai. I am sorry. ごめんなさい。
  • Ohayō gozaimasu. Good morning. おはようございます。

What alphabet is hardest to learn? ›

First off, the script used to write Hindi, Devanagari, is considered particularly hard to get a hang of. The script is also what's called an abugida, meaning that the individual characters represent a consonant and vowel combination, rather than a single vowel or consonant.

What is letter A in Japanese? ›

(romaji a) The hiragana syllable あ (a). Its equivalent in katakana is ア (a).

Is there C in Japanese? ›

There is also the combined letters ch — the letter “c” is never used on its own. That's 21 letters in total. What is this? The sounds in the Japanese alphabet are one thing that makes Japanese easier for English speakers to learn than for Japanese speakers to learn English.

Is Korean easier than Japanese? ›

Unlike other East-Asian languages, Korean isn't a tonal language. This means, that the meaning of the word doesn't change, regardless of what your accent is like. This makes learning Korean much easier than Japanese.

Which is easier Chinese or Japanese? ›

Japanese is slightly easier to learn. But, Chinese is much more widely spoken. Both languages have their pros and cons.

Is the U silent in Japanese? ›

The "U" often sounds silent when Japanese is spoken quickly. If spoken or read slowly, the U is quite clear. Going to the first post- Kanetsune (a name) should not be pronounced Kanetsne.

What symbolizes love in Japan? ›

Using the Kanji Character Ai

Writing love in Japanese is represented as the kanji symbol 愛 which means love and affection.

What is the easiest way to memorize hiragana? ›

Re: How to memorize Hiragana

Write them down on a big sheet of paper and hang it up somewhere where you can see it a lot or in the bathroom. Imagine some stories with each of them. Make flashcards and review them at least 3 times a day. Exercise yourself to visualize them by reciting あ、い、う、え、お、か、き、く、け、こ etc.

What is the 2nd easiest language to learn? ›

Easiest (about 600 hours of study)

Of these, Spanish and Italian are the easiest for native English speakers to learn, followed by Portuguese and finally French.

Does learning Japanese in your sleep work? ›

It's unlikely you'll learn Japanese when you're asleep

Even if you are asleep listening to the best Japanese course on the planet, your brain is unlikely to register anything you hear, because while you're sleeping you're not really “hearing” it at all. While it's not possible to learn new information while you sleep.

Can you learn 2 languages at once? ›

Answer: Thankfully, your brain can definitely handle learning two (or more!) languages at once! (Two down, 6,998 to go.) But there are also some ways you can make this linguistic task easier on yourself.

Is 7 Nana or Shichi? ›

Japanese numbers: 1 to 10
HiraganaEnglishPhonetics
ろくsixroku
しち / ななsevenshichi / nana
はちeighthachi
きゅう/くninekyu / ku
6 more rows

How do you say zero in Japanese? ›

For zero in Japanese, the kanji is 零 (rei). However, it is more common to use and say “zero” the same way we say it in English: ゼロ (zero). Or マル (maru) which translates to “circle” and it's used the same way we say “oh” instead of “zero” in English when reading individual digits of a number.

How do you say 100 in Japanese? ›

The Japanese number system can be quite complex, especially when you first start learning. While basic counting in Japanese is easy, there are several ways to count… even just to 10.
...
Kanji Numbers in Japanese: 1 – 1 Trillion!
KanjiKana + Romaji
9きゅう (kyuu)
10じゅう (juu)
100ひゃく (hyaku)
1,000せん (sen)
15 more rows

Which Japanese alphabet is the hardest? ›

Because kanji characters are the hardest to master, children's books only use hiragana and katakana characters. That reminds me – hiragana and katakana also have a joint name: kana. An example of a Japanese sentence using all three writing systems could be こんにちは、私の名前はマンドリです。

What Japanese alphabet is most used? ›

Hiragana is the most commonly used, standard form of Japanese writing. It's used on its own or in conjunction with kanji to form words, and it's the first form of Japanese writing that children learn.

Is the Japanese alphabet hard to learn? ›

The Japanese language is considered one of the most difficult to learn by many English speakers. With three separate writing systems, an opposite sentence structure to English, and a complicated hierarchy of politeness, it's decidedly complex.

What alphabet is hardest to learn? ›

First off, the script used to write Hindi, Devanagari, is considered particularly hard to get a hang of. The script is also what's called an abugida, meaning that the individual characters represent a consonant and vowel combination, rather than a single vowel or consonant.

How many kanji should I learn a day? ›

1. How many kanji will I learn each day? Some simple math will show that you need to learn at least 23 kanji every day to complete your mission on schedule (2,042 kanji ÷ 90 days = 22.7).

Can you learn kanji in a year? ›

You would have to know all the jouyou kanji, 10,000 words, and know hundreds of grammar patterns. So, to reach near-native levels of fluency, you'd need at least a year of full-time, immersive studying.

Is Japanese harder than Chinese? ›

Japanese is slightly easier to learn. But, Chinese is much more widely spoken. Both languages have their pros and cons.

Why do Japanese read right to left? ›

Traditionally, Japanese was written in vertical columns. These columns were read from top to bottom and from right to left. This way of writing is called tategaki (縦書き) – which literally means 'vertical writing'.

Do Japanese use kanji or hiragana more? ›

In a sense, hiragana is the most commonly used, standard form of Japanese writing. Japanese vocabulary usually tends to be written in hiragana as opposed to katakana. Also, hiragana is used to write furigana, a reading aid that shows the pronunciation of kanji characters, which is sure to be helpful.

Why are there 3 alphabets in Japan? ›

Because they serve different purposes. Hiragana and Katakana are syllabaries, while Kanji is logographic. Kanji is used for the basic meaning of words. Hiragana is used for things like particles, conjugations, prepositions, etc.

Is Japanese harder than Korean? ›

This makes learning Korean much easier than Japanese. Japanese has 46 letters in its alphabet. Meanwhile, Korean only has 24. If you're looking for which is easier to learn between Korean or Japanese, Korean wins this round too.

What language is easiest to learn? ›

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What is the 2nd hardest language to learn? ›

2. Arabic. Arabic is the queen of poetic languages, the 6th official language of the UN and second on our list of toughest languages to learn.

Which is the sweetest language in the world? ›

According to a UNESCO survey, Bengali has been classified as the sweetest language in the world. As a language, Bengali is widely spoken all over India, including Assam and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The sweetest language in the world is also recognized in the Constitution of India.

What is the easiest alphabet to learn? ›

Hangul is the more phonologically faithful than many writing systems. Meaning, almost each symbol corresponds to one sound with little exception. Written left to right, the system at first glance may look like Chinese characters, but it couldn't be more different.

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