About Japanese Language
According to Wikipedia.org, Japanese is an East Asian language. It is spoken by about 128 million people. It is the official language of Japan. It is a member of the Japonic language family. The relation of Japanese to other languages is unclear. Japonic languages are grouped with many language families such as Ainu, Austroasiatic, Korean, and the now-discredited Altaia. Not much is known about the Japanese language's prehistory, and it is not known when it first appeared in Japan. Chinese documents from the 3rd century AD have recorded a few Japanese words, but texts appeared only after the 8th century. The Chinese language was the major language in Japan during the Heian period. The vocabulary and phonology of Old Japanese are influenced by the Chinese language. Late Middle Japanese is closer to the modern Japanese language. Japanese has a few similarities with the English language.