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How many Kanjis do you know?

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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby namiko » Sun 04.03.2005 11:30 am

woh, that sounds difficult. americans, such as myself would probably take longer to accomplish all of that work, but i'll try;)
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby Chan » Sun 04.03.2005 11:33 am

yea, definately its crazy work for non native speakers...but with time and hard work i'm sure you'll be able to do it...same applies to me learning japanese...i'm doing it on my own...its only 3 months and now i can read and write japanese...and a bit of grammar...so how long have you been learning japanese?
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby namiko » Sun 04.03.2005 11:36 am

sure! i have gotten pretty far. i still have much to learn! i know only 1 chinese word, "nihao":D
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby Chan » Sun 04.03.2005 11:36 am

yea...nihao is a typical greeting...written as 你好!
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby Matsumoto_hideto » Sun 04.03.2005 11:37 am

400 for me and its getting pretty tough
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby namiko » Sun 04.03.2005 11:48 am

i know basic kanji like 'flower', tree, simple objects:|
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby Chan » Sun 04.03.2005 11:53 am

those are actually the easiest cuz you get to associate them with pictures...花。。木。。。水。。。etc..etc...

the next step is actually to know that the basic kanji characters can also be radicals...(i.e most important part of kanji...the identity)....then as you know, a radical with merge with another radical to form new kanji characters...and this makes the learning process much easier cuz you're not learning the character itself but you're learning how to build up kanji which is more to the understanding...

start with learning the 1st steps...the strokes...and remember to write them in order...vary important if you want to go far in kanji
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby namiko » Sun 04.03.2005 11:56 am

yeah, like writing the word "telephone" right? you have to combine 2 kanji to form that word...eeto...'eletricty' and...
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby Chan » Sun 04.03.2005 11:58 am

yea...it has the same kanji characters for chinese and japanese...電話..."denwa" in japanese..."dian hua" in chinese....made by combining "electricity" and "speech'...so it literally means "electric speech"...
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby namiko » Sun 04.03.2005 12:02 pm

goota go, talk later. ja mata!;)
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby strange368 » Sun 04.03.2005 12:07 pm

Yeah, I only know about 200 characters and several of them aren't on the Joyou list. Regarding the meaning of words, I wish the Japanese would get a new hint from the Chinese, because I get tired of trying to sound out kana for words like コンプター. It's crazy since the Chinese use the characters for electric and brain.
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby KRed » Sun 04.03.2005 12:19 pm

About 500 but that needs doubling before i can take the level 2 test.
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby Reggie » Sun 04.03.2005 1:01 pm

I decided to start completely memorizing the Kanji with both the On and Kun readings, stroke order, meaning, etc. about 2 or 3 weeks ago, so I only know somewhere between 50 and 60. Recently, I've taken a break to work on my grammar some more though, so hopefully, I'll be able to get back to Kanji.
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby Spaztick » Sun 04.03.2005 1:23 pm

About 200, but I want to learn another 100 before the end of the month (Read Japanese today rocks!)
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Postby Kei » Sun 04.03.2005 2:01 pm

Do native japanese speakers know so many kanji? (5000+)
Is there a normal person average or normal comunication average? Like someone who didn't go to college or studied much in Japan how many kanji would that person know on average? Sorry if my spelling is bad, I'm not a native english speaker :D
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