How many Kanjis do you know?

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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by Chan » Sun 04.03.2005 9:32 pm

a person who didn't study in college (i.e high school education) would most probably know 1000-3000 kanji characters....university/ college students would land in the catagory of 5000, to be considered literate, you have to at least know 1000 kanji characters.....

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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by Kei » Sun 04.03.2005 11:38 pm

Thanks. I'm actually quite glad to hear that. I didn't want to wait years before I could read basic japanese.
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by Husky » Mon 04.04.2005 1:56 am

I've been at it for about a month, and so far I know about 53 or so. that was mostly in the 1st two weeks. I know both simple ones like 火 or 女 and some more complicated ones like 愛 or 飛. I can learn about 5 a day with signifiacant effort. yet i've only learned about 3 in the past 2 weeks, since I lost my kanji book and have to pick them up at random. I hope to know 300 or so by the end of the summer. unfortuantely for some I don't know the reading, suck as the kanji for 'mirror'.
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by toryn » Mon 04.04.2005 8:36 am

I only know around 200, though I've never focussed on it much - I learn at school, so right now I'm mostly only interested in getting the syllabus down pat. :D We do focus on grammar a bit, though, I think.

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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by Spaztick » Mon 04.04.2005 9:25 am

The average adult will know about 2000 kanji, but yea college students know about 3000:

Kids have to learn aboiut 1004 before they get out of elementary, 1945 by the time they graduate high school, and you aren't required by schools to learn any more, but if you want to read your college textbooks you need to know about 3000k. :D

I wonder how many clay knows?
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by Daisuke » Mon 04.04.2005 9:29 am

Spaztick wrote: but if you want to read your college textbooks you need to know about 3000k. :D


I don't hope you'll have to know 3000k, :p

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Post by Schattenjedi » Mon 04.04.2005 9:43 am

According to Langenscheidt's Kanji und Kana 1 (Kanji and Kana 1), the average educated Japanese knowns around 3000 Kanji. The approximated total number of Kanji in use today including in specialist books and literature is 6000-7000.

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Post by namiko » Mon 04.04.2005 10:35 am

is this an active forum?B)
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Post by Daisuke » Mon 04.04.2005 11:41 am

Schattenjedi wrote:
According to Langenscheidt's Kanji und Kana 1 (Kanji and Kana 1), the average educated Japanese knowns around 3000 Kanji. The approximated total number of Kanji in use today including in specialist books and literature is 6000-7000.


I was joking. putting 'k' after 3000 means 3000'000'.

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Post by Qbe » Mon 04.04.2005 12:11 pm

I'm using the Heisig method; I know the meanings of about 300 and the readings of about 15.

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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by namiko » Mon 04.04.2005 2:01 pm

out of all 3 ways of showing literacy, (hiragane.katakana,kanji) i'd say kanji is the most difficult.:o
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Post by Spaztick » Mon 04.04.2005 3:13 pm

Yes, seeing as how there are only ~96 kana and 2000+ kanji, I'd say kanji is the most difficult. :D
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by Kei » Mon 04.04.2005 3:30 pm

That random kanji box at the left side has helped me learn a few.
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by namiko » Mon 04.04.2005 4:01 pm

which one?
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RE: How many Kanjis do you know?

Post by Chan » Mon 04.04.2005 9:43 pm

the random kanji box beneath the paypal thingy....
kanji is only hard when you don't understand the form of it...learn up the radicals and you should have the building blocks for kanji...think of kanji characters as lego blocks...stack and mix them together to create new kanji...

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