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From language exchange sessions,
I felt that it is difficult for people from other countries to learn Japanese.

It is very hard for non-Asian people to learn hiragana, katakana and especially kanji.
Recently, there are even some Japanese people who can't write kanji well.
Some foreign friends told me that a website called Anki is good for memorising kanji.
Kanji is probably one of the hardest parts while studying Japanese.

Why do we use different characters in different situations?
I know we imitated pronunciation of some kanji from Chinese people,
and there are usually a variety of ways to pronounce each kanji.
However, I don't know the history of the language very well.
Why do we mix hiragana and kanji
I reckon that people from other countries studying Japanese would know more about it than me.

Another difficult part of Japanese is how to count things.
We have different ways of counting both numbers and units.
The counting system is very hard
because learners have to memorize everything all of them in relation to the item.
Japan is a country where people consume many kinds of fish
so we use many different units for counting fish.
For example, we use "hiki" (live ones) or "o" (processed ones) for small fishes with caudal fins.
We put "hon" for big fishes such as tunas and bonitos,
and put "tou" for mammals such as whales and dolphins.
What makes it even more difficult is that even for fish similar to bonito,
we still call them by different names and use different units according to the growth process.

If Japanese was an international language instead of English, I would be lucky. haha

Here are some new phrase(s) that I have come across in daily life.
1. brunette (in a newspaper)
= a woman or girl with dark brown hair
2. push (or press) someone's button (in a newspaper)
= provoke a reaction in somone
3. eavesdrop (in a newspaper)
= to listen secretly to what other people are saying

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