Why No Spaces?

Asked 7 years ago

Forgive me if this question was already asked. I've already reached page 20 but I didn't find it. xD

Okay, so one thing I've noticed with Japanese sentences is they don't use spaces between words. So when I try to read long Japanese sentences, I get confused especially when I come across an unfamiliar word. I don't know where the end of that word is! And I don't know where to start again! lol. :)) Is it just me or is there anybody out there who also feels the same? :3

Another thing is, because there are no spaces, it's difficult for me to know if the " は" is used as a particle or a part of a particular word. Especially when I see it after a long unrecognizable series of characters and words. :O ( If this question is discussed in one of the lessons, please tell me so I can read it. But if it's too far ahead, I'm afraid I can't read it at all cause my account isn't premium. T.T )

I just want to know why there are NO SPACES between words in Japanese sentences! :3

I would like to find this out as well. I am sure that while speaking there are breaks, just like in english, but written, I have never need much in the way of puncuations either.

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Yes, you're right.  We don't use spaces in sentences.  That must be one of the reasons that we need to learn the three types of letters (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji!).  If a long sentence is written all in hiragana or roma-ji (alphabets), even a native speaker of Japanese would have trouble in understanding it;;  But we put comma in sentences and it should help you.

Talking about the particle は, I would say that you need to learn more words to know if it is used as a part of a word or a particle;

Answered 7 years ago


Knowing and using the Kanji also plays a big part in being able to read sentences easier. (:

Answered 7 years ago