This language is one of those isolated ones as it has no affinity with other languages. Japanese vocabulary is written as part of the Hepburn transcription. It comes in three alphabets: kanji (Chinese characters), hiragana syllabary and katakana syllabary. There are only two tenses in Japanese grammar. Most words in Japanese do not conjugate, except for verbs. Interestingly, Japanese words are gender neutral. An important part of the language are polite phrases, which are intended to convey respect and emphasise the position of an interlocutor.