Day 27: Fashionable Duck

Today’s story, about a fashionable duck, had a mixture of kanji, hiragana and katakana. While I was reading a word in katakana, I suddenly remembered a conversation I had with my friend’s aunt when I was staying in her house during my trip to Australia.

She was amazed that there are so many characters, and her husband said he would probably not study kanji because he won’t even be able to remember all the katakana characters.

It’s a joke, of course, because I can read hiragana and katakana now, but I understand what they mean. The huge number of characters that have to be remembered, aside from vocabulary and grammar rules, make it very difficult to learn Japanese.

It also makes it hard to appreciate it, but hopefully I’ll feel more positively about it when I get better at it.