Hey guys, so I’m from Germany and we grew up learning that European languages have the most advanced grammar systems. It was a very European centric teaching method. Chinese was disregarded as a more primitive language with its “hieroglyphs” and “pitch sounds” and my teacher even drew connections to caveman back then.
I didn’t take it too serious, back then but learning kanji now made me realize what complete and utter horseshit that was.
Kanji/Hanzhi is actually easier for the brain to comprehend than our own letter alphabet. Our brain doesn’t think in letters but concepts. Language is a tool to assist our thought process, entire words underline concepts and so we can entertain them.
But Kanji are always a representation of one single concept. In English I can say Bank, Money, Gold, Iron, Metal. They are all different words, but if you know kanji they all use 金 which is metal.
It is the natural thought process of the brain in written form. If you think of gold you think of, shiny, metal, valuable, ore, money etc. The more specific you get the more description an object has, therefore, descriptive kanji usually are built of many radicals and words use multiple kanji. But the overarching idea usually is a single kanji.
Small easy to large and complex. You use smaller ideas to create bigger ideas.
So it’s not primitive at all, and it’s very much in line with our human nature.
This is not to say that western languages are better or worse, but our system isn’t much more “logical” or “comprehensible”. Lol.
Kanji are very logical and necessary for Japanese.