I started learning Japanese at age 27, a monolingual Midwestern American who barely passed my high school German classes and retained absolutely none of the material. It sounds like a long time, but remember that it takes Japanese students from kindergarten to the last year of high school to attain this basic fluency. Well, first things first — why subject yourself to learning Kanji? You could just learn Japanese by watching dramas. First, learning to speak any language involves learning to read it as well. This is taken for granted with languages like Spanish or German that use the same alphabet as English.
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I started learning Japanese at age 27, a monolingual Midwestern American who barely passed my high school German classes and retained absolutely none of the material. It sounds like a long time, but remember that it takes Japanese students from kindergarten to the last year of high school to attain this basic fluency.
Well, first things first — why subject yourself to learning Kanji? You could just learn Japanese by watching dramas. First, learning to speak any language involves learning to read it as well. This is taken for granted with languages like Spanish or German that use the same alphabet as English.
Unfortunately for Japanese learners, this means getting your head twisted around by the confusing world of kanji. Second, learning kanji helps you better understand new vocabulary. When you learn new words, you can guess at meanings if you know the kanji. Kanji is similar to the affixes we have in English. Finally, if you ever plan to live in Japan, learning kanji is more than just a language skill.
Learning kanji involves a two-pronged attack: 1 Drilling and rote memorization and 2 real-life interaction. I learned kanji mainly by using flashcards. I would drill meanings and readings. When there was one I knew completely, I took it out of the deck. The most popular flashcard app is Anki. You also need to balance your daily drilling with some real-life kanji study. You should do this too, as much as you possibly can. One great way to learn kanji in real-life contexts is FluentU , a site for learning Japanese through real-world videos.
FluentU is an innovative site that takes real-world videos—like commercials, anime, music videos, TV shows and home videos—and uses them as powerful Japanese learning tools. Just take a look at one small sample:. FluentU makes these native Japanese videos approachable through interactive captions.
These interactive captions will show you the definition of a word and simultaneously pause the video whenever you hover your mouse over it. You can then read newspapers and most books. So, I recommend setting a future goal and breaking it down.
Do the math and figure out how many new ones you should learn per day. Learning kanji is all about getting into a daily study habit. Stick with it and take note when you start to see results, because your successes will keep you motivated to reach further successes.
Learn Radicals Complex characters are made up of smaller parts called radicals. You can also guess at pronunciation sometimes. Often, characters with a certain radical in common will be pronounced similarly. Associate Images Some people find it easy to remember characters when you make image associations. The most famous book about this is Remember the Kanji by James Heisig. Use a Great Dictionary, Book, or Online Resource Whenever you learn a new character, consult your dictionary and find words that use it.
Most kanji learning materials offer a few common vocabulary items for each entry as well. Contains around Kanji. The irreverent style check out the Eazy-E mnemonic with the focus on examples might be exactly what you need.
Forget the Order Japanese students learn kanji in an established order. There is a set of characters for each grade to learn from first through the end of high school. Some books or classes use this order and some use another order. You can also watch cartoons and movies for the subtitles. Practice with Pen Pals Another good way to learn in real life is to exchange emails with a pen pal. There are many websites where you can easily find them.
There are many subtleties to writing kanji and you learn these best when you have a native speaker point out your mistakes to you. A good way to keep yourself on track is to go public with it. Post about your progress on social media or start a blog chronicling your journey to Japanese literacy.
They mention some other tools, like the Kanji Poster. If you liked this post, something tells me that you'll love FluentU, the best way to learn Japanese with real-world videos. Experience Japanese immersion online! FluentU is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.
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How to Learn Kanji: 7 Tips from a Guy Who Did It and Survived
My name is Eve Kushner. With my lifelong project Joy o' Kanji, I am writing one essay about each of the 2, Joyo kanji, the characters you need to know for basic literacy in Japanese. This immersion is essential because when you understand deeply, you can remember much more easily. The extremely affordable essays are downloadable as PDFs with a zingy magazine-style layout. Eve's Joy o' Kanji site, essays and newsletters are some of the brightest lights in the world of kanji scholarship.
The list is not a comprehensive list of all characters and readings in regular use; rather, it is intended as a literacy baseline for those who have completed compulsory education, as well as a list of permitted characters and readings for use in official government documents. The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry instructed teachers to start teaching the new characters in fiscal , so that junior high school students would be able to read them and high school students would be able to write them. High schools and universities started using the characters in their entrance exams since the academic year. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Typographic symbols.
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