Japanese is a notably difficult language to master for a non-native speaker. Aside from the completely different alphabet, the language is heavily contextual and is constructed to honor the country’s culture and social structure. On top of that, there are large differences in grammar and sentence structure compared to nearly all Western languages. For many speakers and translators, it’s not surprising that Japanese is often listed as one of the most difficult languages to translate.
Last year was one of tremendous change. Both personal and professional lives were changed for nearly everyone, as the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted everyday normalcy and replaced it with one that required a rethinking of every aspect of life.