Japanese vs Japlish - What's the difference?

japanese | japlish |

As proper nouns the difference between japanese and japlish

is that japanese is the main language spoken in japan while japlish is (informal) a confused blend of japanese and english; engrish.

As an adjective japanese

is of, relating to, or derived from japan, its language, or culture.

As a noun japanese

is a person living in or coming from japan, or of japanese ancestry.



  • Of, relating to, or derived from Japan, its language, or culture.
  • A Japanese saw is one that cuts on the pull stroke rather than on the push stroke.
    In the United States, Japanese animation has had a tremendous surge in popularity over the last few years.


  • A person living in or coming from Japan, or of Japanese ancestry.
  • A Japanese will typically have black hair, brown eyes, and pale skin.
  • * 2007 October 16, Madeleine Brand, “Japan Struggles to Meet Its CO2 Emissions Limits”, Day to Day , National Public Radio,
  • Motoyuki Shibata isn’t a typical Japanese .
  • English plurals
  • (uncountable) food.
  • Let’s go out to eat. I’m in the mood for Japanese .

    Usage notes

    As with all nouns formed from -ese , the countable singular form ("I am a Japanese") is uncommon and often taken as incorrect, although it is rather frequent in East Asia as a translation for the demonyms written in Chinese characters (Japanese kanji).

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • The main language spoken in Japan.
  • I’ve been studying Japanese for three years, and I still can’t order pizza in Tokyo!

    Derived terms

    * Japanese amberjack * Japanese Bobtail * Japanese bunching onion * Japanese cuisine * Japanese encephalitis * Japanese food * Japanese giant salamander * Japanese knotweed * Japanese lantern * Japanese sea lion * Japanese slipper * Japanese spitz * Japanese yew * Middle Japanese


    * Nihongo

    See also

    * Japan * wapanese * Japanophile * Nipponize * Jap * Nihongo (in Japanese) * (ja) * Language list



    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • (informal) A confused blend of Japanese and English; Engrish.
  • Synonyms

    * Engrish * Janglish