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Similarity to Other Languages

Chinese is to Japanese as French(Latin) is to English

Many words look the same

Difficult words have the same meaning

自动化 (Ch) = 自動化 (Jp)      “automation” = “automation” zì dòng huà      jidouka           (Fr)                       (Eng)

Pronunciation can be different

Daily vocabulary is different 新聞 (Ch) ≠新聞 (Jp)               journal (Fr) ≠ journal (Eng) “news”         “newspaper”         “newspaper”    “diary” ( = new, = hear) 汽車 (Ch) ≠汽車 (Jp) “car”             “train” ( = steam, = car/wheel)

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