View topic - Looking for advice on learning kanji and any other teens stu
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Been studying since december and have mastered the katakana and 50 or so Kanji, Just ordered some hiragana flash cards and lots of text books, I am hoping to fly to London in december to take the JLPT 4 kyu or possibly 3 depending on how I fell nearer the time! my advice for learning kanji is picture associations! they have helped so much if I didnt have picture associations I wouldn't of been able to learn anything!!!:D
Edit: I didnt realize I already had an account here XD that joshmac must of been from when I first started!
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It teaches kana and kanji, but at a relatively slow pace so you shouldn't get overwhelmed. The lessons are small which is ideal for someone already in school full time.
Another good book with shorter lessons but still teaches kanji at a reasonable pace so you don't get overwhelmed is Contemporary Japanese
The advantage of these books is they are both cheap and have short lessons. The main weakness is that they don't have a separate workbook so the exercises are also short. Still, I think either of these are probably the best way to go if you are on a budget, want to learn kanji, want to learn Japanese, and want to add language study to an already full courseload. Also, buth books come in a volume 2, so they don't only act as a Japanese primer.
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Anyway, I heard about this rather-time-consuming-but-very-sensible way of learning kanji. Take your kanji cards and go through them every day. The ones you know on your first try get set aside. Each day that pile should get bigger. On Saturday, go through that "cards I know" pile. If you don't get them, they go back into the daily pile. If you do know them after the week is over, they go into the monthly pile. If you don't know them at the end of the month, back to daily. It's constant re-testing of the kanji to make sure you know it really well.
Another thing is, don't just learn to read the kanji. Write them over and over and over. Write each one at least 10 times when you first learn it. Say the pronunciation (both kunyomi and onyomi) and the meaning as you write it. Even Japanese are running into the problem of reading but not knowing how to write thanks to typing all of the kanji. Thing is, if you can write it, you are guaranteed to know how to read it. Reading doesn't guarantee that you can write it, because reading uses context clues and recognition of parts of the kanji without knowing every radical of it.
My friend suggested I get a book called Power Kanji to practice copying from, but I like my method of finding kanji better. Just going on this site's chatroom will teach you plenty of kanji (okay, you have to ask what they just said, but you learn it). I did just buy a Japanese dictionary though. I have JQuickTrans on each of my computers, but I finally got a physical dictionary so I can carry it around (and so I can work on writing my speech when I'm away from my computer...there's a speech contest in April that I'm entering).
I'm fairly sure I could pass JLPT 4 right now (I know probably 200 kanji), but I missed registration for last year's test. I intend to register for level 3 this year, so I'm working on learning more. After a friend taught me hiragana in 9th grade, I took level 1 in 10th grade. Since I studied ahead, the teacher knew I could teach myself and let me take a book over summer to study and test out of level 2. So, I took level 3 in 11th grade. Thanks to schedule conflicts, I am not in a class this year. So, I'm just teaching myself anything I can, mainly using the internet. I suggest http://kanjisite.com for quizzing yourself and learning. They have a random mode where it shows a kanji then you have to guess it (like think of it then click and it tells you what the answer is so you know if you're right).
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what would have happened if you had"
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