I agree to some extent that if you are learning Japanese for anything other than a hobby - then it's not worth it. I happen to have a fascination with logographic writing systems (in particular, chinese characters) and japanese culture and wanted to speak another language; Japanese was the obvious choice. Also, as a bonus, around 75% of the kanji you learn means the same in Mandarin Chinese, and the reamining 25% often still have similarities. The simplifications are massively over-exagerated, only some are simplified, and when they are, it's usually very slight. So if you want to learn Mandarin too (as I do) then this will give you a big head start as far as the writing system goes.
P.S. It takes years to master the guitar. With all that time 'wasted', you could've learnt a new language... ;p
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Posted in: The art of moving