After studying in a Japanese martial arts school for over 10 years, it occurred to me that I might learn a little Japanese. It's hard! I got through the Hiragana alphabet, only to discover that there is katakana & a million variations. And it's not an alphabet, but syllables. Which are difficult for Westerners to pronounce. I can say "eye," "ear," good afternoon," "nice to meet you" & "so long," which is slang that makes every single Japanese speaker I've said it to laugh. Apparently it's like knowing 5 words of English: hello, eye, ear, thank you, & 23 skidoo.