So today I’m going to be talking about how to learn Kanji, which even in Japan takes a long time and is a pain to learn. This way is very effective on the long term, and is not very intense nor complicated. It’s easy to keep up with and allows you to continue to learn Kanji without stopping. I started learning Kanji around 8 months ago for real with this technique, and to this day I know 1330 of them. I should know the recommended amount within 6 months. So with this technique you can learn the necessary Kanji amount in just a little over a year with less than 10 minutes of work a day ; compared to 10 years of school learning in Japan. The only downside to this strategy is that it does not emphasize the writing very much, but then after all, you should be the one to decide if you need handwriting.
So the method in itself is very simple:
Create a Kanji deck
Add 5 Kanjis everyday : the front of the card showing the kanji and the back showing the pronunciations and meanings
Revise them around 2 to 3 times the day you added them and let Anki calculate the time before the next revision
The next day, revise your previously added Kanji and add 5 more.
That’s a pretty simple advice (as usual with this series) but it’s true that singing along songs in the language that you want to learn is hugely beneficial. It helps a lot with pronunciation and getting a good grasp of the rhythms of the language; it’s also really good to practice reading a bit faster since you got to keep up with the song.
This is kind of obvious, but I cannot imagine what I would have done without my dictionary on my phone. Wherever I am, I can check any word I see or hear, it’s really one the most helpful tools you can have. My dictionary’s called JED, on Android.
Recently I decided to learn how to read Korean (because why not?) and so I needed explanations on how it works, and what better way to optimize language learning than by being taught in a language you’re already studying! Killing two birds with one stone as they say.
The Japanese writing system is composed of three alphabets (technically four if you include the roman alphabet). One of them is Kanji. It comprises thousands of characters, each one representing an idea, a meaning. Each kanji can have multiple readings, going from a few (1 or 2), to a LOT (dozens), and it can be quite a pain to learn. Believe me, I’m talking from personal experience.