Japanese has 3 systems. Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. But since Kanji is much more difficult to learn than the other two systems, can Japanese be written with only those two? And form correct sentences also?
Japanese writing system of Hiragana and Katakana are syllable based. For each syllable, there is a corresponding character. Hiragana system is used for writing words that are indigenous to Japanese language or Nihingo. Examples are : oishi, ibe, tsugi, Nichiyoubi, etc.
The Katakana system is the one used for writing borrowed or foreign words. Examples: cassette (ka-se-to), Christmas (ku-ri-su-ma-su), tape (te-po). But Katakana can also be used for writing indigenous or native Japanese words.
The Kanji system is one that uses one character for a particular word. It is easier to write a word of at least 5 syllables with one character than 5.
Life is made more convenient this way. I just don't know what other reasons are. Let's wait for native speakers.
Just imagine a word like cyclopentanoperhydrophenanthrene written as one or two characters. The days of the week are the best examples. Nichiyoubi, Getsuyoubi, Kayoubi, etc.
Hey, frequency, so after your explanation, I still don't know what the phrase you wrote means. Could you translate it into English, please?
And to all, do you know if average Japanese students study all three systems at school, when learning how to read and write? And, if everyone does, then how many kanjis does an average educated Japanese person know and/ or use?
Japanese students learn all 3 systems of writing. There are actually government-issued Kanji lists, designed for each grade level. Elementary School students learn 1006 Kyouiku kanji. Junior High and High School students learn an additional 939 kanji. All of those kanji combined are called the Jouyou (common-use) Kanji. So there are 1945 common-use kanji. There are many more, outside this, but they are not required. These are mostly only for names and obscure words, both of which usually appear in writing along with their reading in kana next to or above the kanji (this is called furigana).
Yes but most of us don't memorize and write every 1,945 jyou-you kanji. We actually omit extremely difficult kanji, use easier and common ones. So don't worry.
Moreover we surely have chance to read kanji a lot but when it comes to writing, we have word-processing computers now..
It's difficult to define how many kanji are used. Perhaps 1,000 to 1,500 kanji of 1,945....? this is my personal opinion, so please don't rely on!
Look at this table.
Hiragana are used to write particles, termination (is this the correct word?) of verbs and adjectives, and all the words when you don't know the kanji.
Katakana are used to write foreign names.