Is there a way to memorize kanji easier?
It's a real challenge for me to memorize kanji, so, I wanna know if there is an easier way to memorize kanji.
You should learn the radicals, which are the smaller characters that make up each Kanji. There are about 217ish if I remember correctly and you can find a course with Kanji radicals on Memrise. If you learn the radicals well and each of their meanings, it helps you make sense of why each Kanji is written in such a way so when you see it, you can pick apart the meaning based on the radicals and makes it easier to remember.
A tip. I tried for years to learn Kanji, and I learned some, but it was not the most effective use of my time. Don't try to learn kanji if you don't already know the word. That means you have to learn 3 things-the kanji symbol, the meaning, and the usage. It is too much. Instead, I am focusing on reading as much as I can, and am picking up kanji for words that I already have a handle on. Everything is coming together. Bottom line, build on your strengths and you will get stronger faster. 頑張て！
There is no other way than memorize it one by one. Try to find Tōyō kanji book, which shows you how to write them. And learn it from #1 to the end. Try to do 10 to 20 characters per day. By writing the least 100 times per characters. This way, you can learn those characters (of total 1.850) in approximately 3 years. I heard that young children in Japan or China use a book to write a character. This way they will remember it well through their life.
- find how each character was created in the first place. in most instances, a character is a combination of smaller/simpler characters (radicals). make up a story (or read the "official story" when there's one) for each character.
- learn the radicals with pictures (Chineasy method).
- practice your writing.
I use WaniKani and I like it. There are 3 free levels, so if you’re interested, you can try it out for free, but after that, it’s a paid service.
I read wanikani has a one fixed learning pace, taking 2 years for going through all the common ~2100-2200 kanji and ~6000 common words and you can’t change it.
With Anki and rtk1 + core 6000 (native audio for the word and the example sentence) decks you get same thing for free and can learn with your preferred pace.
Kanji are very alike Chinese characters, my mum told me that each Chinese character is a picture. So like, the same logic applies. Try imagine a picture in each kanji character. Like the kanji for wood, 木, you see it looks like a tree! Of course there are much more complicated ones, and this is the extent of my knowledge. But have fun practising!!