At first, learning Japanese may seem like a daunting task, for the grammar is completely different from European languages and the writing system ornate - two alphabets mixed with a ideographic character system adapted from Chinese. While the alphabet is larger than the Roman alphabet, it is a phonetic alphabet where each alphabetic combination represents just a single sound. To some this may sound obvious, but consider the sound of ough in the English words through, though, thought, tough, plough, thorough, and hiccough. Although they share the same ough sequence, no two words in this list are pronounced the same way!. Japanese kana are much simpler, the way something is written is the way it sounds.