What do YOU use to learn kanji?
  • since smart.fm closing, i cant find any means to learn kanji. at least long term, without basic flash cards and stuff, which is very boring. obviously i cannot afford anything that isnt free, so i would like to know what YOU guys use to learn and remember kanji.
    by the way, im still a beginner, i only know about 60 kanji so far, so i dont think something like lang-8 would help me at the moment.
  • I use Nihongo o narau. They have everything you need to start learning japanese, including first through third grade kanji (more than 400 kanji) with definitions and examples. Look under the "Writing" link. They also have links to lots of other great japanese learning sites. Here is the link to the home page. http://www.learn-japanese.info/
  • kanji.koohii.com + Remembering the kanji + Anki

    Everything you need.
  • A system that introduces you to kanji, and then continues to use it throughout so you see it repeated and used in sentences. The kana version of Japanese For Busy People does this starting with book 2 I think.

    If you have a dictionary and patience, reading Japanese media (manga, light novels, actual novels, newspaper) or playing Japanese games may do it for your memory, but you may need more of a base knowledge from the flashcards etc or it could be interminable.

    Assuming you can enjoy it (and get your hands on them), things geared for Japanese children tend to use fewer and simpler kanji and/or more frequent furigana, since kanji is something learned all through education, from kyoiku nursery schools until highschool graduation (or beyond if the person wants to continue).
  • Hi there, I am writing an app to help people remember kanji. The basic idea is that it introduces kanji one by one, animates them, and gets you to draw them. It coaches you on where you went wrong, and tests you again when it thinks you are likely to have forgotten the item.

    I need beta testers, so please send me an email if you are interested. The program includes support for mnemonics, and has a spaced repetition system with a somewhat different philosophy than Anki - the computer assesses how well you know the material, rather than asking you how well you know it. If you can only half remember the kanji, it tries to coax the item from memory with the aid of hints.

    This app does not attempt to teach kanji in context, which is a separate (and ultimately more important) part of learning kanji. It does make learning the shapes more fun and engaging than staring at flashcards, however.

    Please send me an email at j_torrential@yahoo.com.au if you are interested - but only if you read this in March 2011, while things are still at the beta phase.

    Further details here:
    http://cerebware.110mb.com/downloads/The Kanji Sketch Pad.html


  • The world! Japanese newspapers (NHK news online?)! など。I wouldn't over-complicate learning kanji. Read yesterday's tofugu article: http://www.tofugu.com/
  • I agree with jackchak, the best way to learn to kanji is in context.
  • http://renshuu.org + http://kanji.koohii.com

    I used renshuu for years. Just set up a Kanji schedule and you're good to go :)
  • Kanji is more of a skill than knowledge, the more you tangle with the stuff, the better you will get at absorbing them. You will forget kanji, you will remember kanji, and some kanji may manage to stay completely stuck in your head. But what ultimately allows you to learn even some abstract kanji just by looking at them is the ability to recognize all the radicals and patterns as familiar and thus make it easy for the kanji to fit in your brain.

    The best thing is to just dive into writing practice- not the repetitive type where you write a single kanji over and over. Learn to write a kanji, and spread your reviews out, write the kanji once or twice, over a period of 10 minutes - spread to 30 minutes- 1 hour, daily as you feel comfortable with until it stays stuck.

    As you learn basic kanji you should note every little part of each kanji, they will re-appear again in other kanjis in similar patterns.

    If you really do have kanji dyslexia, Remembering the Kanji by James W Heisig may give you the advantage you need.
  • I hate trying to remember kanji, or doing exercises that aim for that. So I just haven’t. In my Japanese study, I write stuff (words old and new) in kanji. After three years of doing that, my brain has just now started to note/remember some of the commoner kanji and their elements. A couple of months ago, I started a notebook (loose leaf, with アイウエオカキクケコ etc. pages) in which I note kanji that I’ve sort of begun to naturally remember. I did that, I suppose, as kanji have begun to seem familiar/friendly.
    My way is not recommended. It’ll take me maybe 10 more years to reach reading fluency, whereas everyone I know who does kanji drills of any kind can read in a year or two. What I do is for folk who Just. Can’t. Stand. Drills.
  • a great android app obenkyo
  • Paper, pen, wikipedia+jisho website lol. The wikipedia article about Kyōiku kanji is pretty well done and with 1006 kanjis it's a pretty good start lol. I reached the level of a first grader lol! My ego hurts a little when I think I know no more than a 6 year old child but I am pretty proud of myself since it took me a couple of weeks and not 1 year lol.
    I never thought I'd be proud to be able to read 'mountain', 'river', 'dog' or 'sky' after 26 years lol.
  • An iPhone app called KanjiBox combined with paper/pencil, and the Jisho site for decomposing Kanji and learning radicals. That, combined with as much reading and character deciphering as I can stand in a day.

    I drill the individual characters on paper, but also attempt to write out whole words and even example sentences. It helps a lot with memorization to establish some kind of context. I also drill an Anki deck called "Japanese Core 2000 Step 01" that helps put the Kanji I'm learning in context. It's a superb deck that includes both audio and picture cues.
  • I think things geared for Japanese children tend to use fewer and simpler kanji and/or more frequent furigana.
  • みんな、ありがとうね。でもそのゑぶさいとがちょとすごいだよ、ほらみって。http://www.weblio.jp/
  • My friend created this site: http://quickkanji.com Check it out! He says he hasn't touched it in years, but he might start working on it again if enough people use it ;)
  • oh my God.. There were lots of those hehehe.. uhhmm.. I want something like that of a iphone japanese keyboard wherein when you type hiraganas, the keyboard itself will give you kanji suggestions for the hiragana word you type. Anyways, arigatou ne Miwa-san.. :))
  • I love using KanjiBox for iPhone. I am doing the N2 level kanji for review and the app can get quite mean. :D It likes putting similar looking Kanji together in a multiple choice item just to confuse you some more.
  • is it free? I might consider downloading it later if its for free. I haven't checked it as of the moment.. xD
  • I use ReadTheKanji(.com) It's also free if you want to learn the basic set of kanji, which is about 500 of them. I just happen to have a gold membership there, so I have access to even the most (rediculously) hard bunch of kanji and yojijukugo, about 7000 or so in total.
  • hearing the gold membership thingy makes me don't want to question anymore if everything is for free. HAHAHA.. either way, I'll be checking on those that I've gathered, soon.. ありがとうよ!
  • I'm using http://www.studykanji.net/KanjiFlashcards. Has kanji and vocabulary flashcards.

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