Anatoli wrote:Interesting article.
You will find similar about Chinese and Arabic.
http://articles.1monthchinese.com/Why_C ... _Hard.html
Seriously, Japanese grammar is OK, there are many more languages with more complicated or "illogical" grammars. As for writing, it is very difficult but it has to be learned systematically. I hate the way personal names can be written but they are, well... personal, the government doesn't control much how people prefer to spell and pronounce their names, that's why Furigana is so commonplace, (you won't see that much of Hanyu Pinyin (China) or Zhuyin Fuhao (Taiwan) used). Korean and Japanese grammar are comparable but, at least, there are much more resources to learn Japanese than Korean. If you haven't seen hard grammar, try Arabic or my language - Russian.
The writing is getting more and more standardised and less words are written in Kanji - animals (虎 -> トラ), onomatopoeia, foreign words (煙草, 歌留多 -> タバコ, カルタ). The last Kanji were quite ridiculous. A Chinese person can tell that 煙草 means "tobacco" (烟草 yāncǎo) but wouldn't guess in the wildest dream how to pronounce it, as it is non-standard, the Kanji bear the meaning, not the pronunciation.
You must like the language (and its script) to succeed in it. Japanese is a very beautiful language, I like the songs, the sound, the politeness levels, Kanji and the way they are used. They all make Japanese unique.
As for learning to read, if you read a lot of text with Furigana, exposing yourself to Kanji, while seeing how to read, it helps a lot. Try, for example "Read Real Japanese" by Michael Emmerich.
Thanks for a serious reply for a joke article
In fact, I wrote this because I already had a functional reading capacity in Japanese. That is, I have a decent command of Kanji and understand most of what I read, unless it is one of those weird Kanji reading from the author cruel enough not to add furigana.
On a more serious tone, I love Japanese language precisely because of the ridiculous points I narrated above.