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This Question Came to My Inbox: “Is the Korean language derived from Japanese?”

No, Korean and Japanese don’t come from the same root language. They have influenced one another, but the original languages were completely different. Korean is Korean and has been since the beginning of time. The Koreans can trace their lineage back as far as the Tower of Babel. It is one of the languages that came about when God confused the languages. It has been influenced by the languages around it, and it has influenced them, but it has not changed to another language. There is a lot of influence from Chinese in Korean, but the basic language is still Korean. The Chinese and Koreans shared a lot back and forth. They both use post position particles, and it is hard to say which group originally began using them. Korean has a specific word order, and Chinese didn’t have a specific word order or grammar until it came in contact with English. When the Chinese decided to begin learning English, they realized they needed a word order and borrowed the word order from English.

This Japanese girl has bigger eyes than the average Chinese or Korean. It is because her ancestors are a mixture of Chinese and Ainu. Photo by Quốc Bảo on Pexels.com

Korea is a Confucian culture, and Confucius was Chinese, and China and Japan are also Confucian. The Confucian model for society influences the languages a lot. There are extreme levels of speech in Korean. Some of those levels also exist in Japanese. I don’t speak Chinese, but probably, since they are also Confucian, they must have them too. There are different verb forms according to who you are talking to or who you are. If you are younger or no so high in society, you have to use very respectful forms of the verb. If you are on a very high level and use the respectful forms, people think you are crazy. If you are close to someone, there is one language, and if you don’t know them well, you have to use another. If you speak to God or the emperor, there is even a more respectful language. All three of these countries use this Confucian model, and it shows in their languages.

The Koreans can trace their roots to the Tower of Babel, a story we all know from the Bible, but one they knew before they knew the Bible existed. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

No, Korean and Japanese don’t come from the same root language. They have influenced one another, but the original languages were completely different. Korean is Korean and has been since the beginning of time. The Koreans can trace their lineage back as far as the Tower of Babel. It is one of the languages that came about when God confused the languages. It has been influenced by the languages around it, and it has influenced them, but it has not changed to another language. There is a lot of influence from Chinese in Korean, but the basic language is still Korean. The Chinese and Koreans shared a lot back and forth. They both use post position particles, and it is hard to say which group originally began using them. Korean has a specific word order, and Chinese didn’t have a specific word order or grammar until it came in contact with English. When the Chinese decided to begin learning English, they realized they needed a word order and borrowed the word order from English.

Korea, Japan, and China are all Confucian cultures, and Confucius was from China. Confucianism is not a religion, but a way of thinking about society, and it influences language. . Photo by Vladislav Vasnetsov on Pexels.com

Korea is a Confucian culture, and Confucius was Chinese, and China and Japan are also Confucian. The Confucian model for society influences the languages a lot. There are extreme levels of speech in Korean. Some of those levels also exist in Japanese. I don’t speak Chinese, but probably, since they are also Confucian, they must have them too. There are different verb forms according to who you are talking to or who you are. If you are younger or no so high in society, you have to use very respectful forms of the verb. If you are on a very high level and use the respectful forms, people think you are crazy. If you are close to someone, there is one language, and if you don’t know them well, you have to use another. If you speak to God or the emperor, there is even a more respectful language. All three of these countries use this Confucian model, and it shows in their languages.

There is some disagreement about where kanji came from, but it was not originally Japanese. The Korean shared it with the Japanese. Some think it is originally Chinese and some think it is originally Korean. Who ever made it up knew the oldest Bible stories because some of the kanji actually originate from a telling of the most ancient Bible stories like creation and the temptation in the garden of Eden. . I have heard speakers speak about some of those kanji several times, and it is a very interesting study. Photo by Engin Akyurt on Pexels.com

However, Japanese is a combination of Chinese and Ainu. Ainu are the original people who were on the Japanese islands when the Chinese came. The Japanese people are descendants of Chinese and Ainu. The came together to form one culture, one language, and one people. There are still people in Japan that only have Ainu roots, and they look different from what we normally think of a Japanese. They don’t have what we call slanted eyes. They simply have eyes like a westerner, black hair, dark eyes, and yellowish white skin. Since the Japanese and Ainu are mixed genetically, the Japanese have different features than the Chinese and Koreans. Most of their eyes are more wide open, their noses are long and straight, etc. Their language is a combination of Chinese and Ainu. The learned the kanji from the Bekjae people of old Korea. Using the kanji influences their language. They know the difference between words that are from Chinese and words that are what they call Japanese. However, both the old Chinese words and the Japanese words are written in kanji because the kanji has no pronunciation, only meaning. The Chinese can read the kanji because they are the same as the characters used in China. However, they can’t read the Japanese alphabet. The Japanese also use the post position particles like the Chinese and Koreans do.

Korea, China, and Japan are like three children who have grown up together fighting and also influencing one another a lot. In many ways, these countries have a love/hate relationship like some brothers and sisters. Photo by Ksenia Chernaya on Pexels.com

Korea came from a completely different place than Chinese and Japanese, but the three countries have been close together for so long they have had a lot of influence on one another. Besides language, they have also shared recipes back and forth. There are many dishes served in all three countries, and unless you really have good knowledge of intricacies of history, there is no way to know who originally made the recipes up. However, if the Japanese form is better than what you can find in Korea or China, you can bet the Japanese borrowed it and made it better because that is their nature. They have a tendency to borrow and then improve on what they borrowed. Culture experts call them the greatest copy cats in the world. China invented paper, but when it got to Japan, they made origami, the Japanese art of paper fold. The Koreans were really good with pottery, so the Japanese used to kidnap Koreans who did pottery and take them to Japan to make pottery for them, and they learned how the pottery was done. Since the son of a man from the Tower of Babel civilized the Koreans and taught them to use chop sticks, there is a possibility that chop sticks originally came from Korea, but there is no real evidence of it.

Often ancient civilizations have grown up around rivers because we need water, and China grew up around the Yellow River. Korea took to the mountains for safety and built their homes on top of mountains so when the invading Chinese got up there, the Chinee would be out of breath from climbing the mountain, and the Koreans had the advantage. .. Photo by Rifqi Ramadhan on Pexels.com

For centuries and centuries, these three population groups have influenced one another. In the beginning, Korea had the biggest kingdom. After that, the people who grew up around the Yellow River, the Chinese had the biggest kingdom. Mongolia got in on it too and ruled China for a while. After the Chinese mixed with the Ainu in Japan, Korea had a problem because both China and Japan have wanted to take them over for centuries. Usually, they could fight them off. Sometimes they hid from them by trying to cut themselves off from the outside world not letting anyone in the country or out of the country for self preservation. However, Korea ended up paying tribute to China in rice for a long time to keep Japan from invading Korea, and also to keep China out of Korea. However, the Japanese did eventually invade, and the rest of the world intervened and threw them out of Korea which is when the Korean war began, and Korea was split in two. During the Korean war, the Chinese soldiers were also all over the place hoping to take Korea over. When it was all said and done, N. Korea was propped up by China and Russia and embraced Communism while S. Korea got the Democracy they wanted.

Shintoism, the native religion of Japan, taught the Japanese that they were destined to take over the world, and many countries have been bothered by the Japanese, but Korea was right next door, and they wanted Korea badly, so they have attacked them more than anyone else. However, the Japanese have stopped their aggressiveness toward other countries. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

You want to think that all of it is finished, but it is still happening. As for S. Korea and Japan, they squabble like brothers and sisters, but they don’t shoot at one another. They like to study one another’s languages because they have the same grammatical patterns. Those grammatical patterns were originally Korean because Korean is the older language. Old Korea had a lot of influence on Japan. One of Bekjae’s royal family even married into the Japanese royal family, and the emperor of Japan recently came out and told everyone he is part Korean. However, when the Japanese make a movie, the bad guys are always Korean, and if the Koreans make a movie, the bad guys are Japanese. North Korea has been actually where the bad guys came from. They have kidnapped Japanese and brain washed them into becoming N. Korean spies who spy on Japan and sent them back to Japan. The N. Koreans never hesitate to shoot their missiles toward Japan. The Japanese are afraid of N. Korea.

Mongolia was part of the very ancient Korea, and they also ruled China for a while. their language is more like Korean. I knew some Mongolian students in S. Korea, and they found Korean easier to learn than students from other countries because the two languages are so similar, like the sameness of Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian. You can feel a definite sameness between those languages like you can with Mongolian and Korean. Japanese and Chinese belong to other language groups. Photo by sungmu heo on Pexels.com

The history, culture, and the languages of these three: China, Japan, and Korea are extremely entwined. However, Korean may be the oldest of the three languages, and Japanese the newest of the three languages. If you look back through ancient history, there is a possibility that the oldest Mongolians were part of the original Korean empire because it was so big and the language there is a lot like Korean.

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