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Kanji learning.

Do you have any suggestion on an effective way to learn kanji. I am thinking of using Wanikani. is it good? Any books or site that are effective?

April 24, 2019

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JWong60254

If you want a free alternative to WaniKani, you could use Kanji Garden.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zade714423

Thank you, I'll check it out. Edit : it seems really great, I'll use it since I finished the free wanikani course. ありがとうございます

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pierre276b3

Thanks, I will look at it.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zade714423

I have used Wanikani for a month (until level three, hence i ended the free course). It is quite nice honestly, be careful as the site don't require you to know the use context of each kanji\vocabulary, but there are sentences to context each one if you look up to their page. It is quite complete to be honest, I have learned some. Also it don't require much time so its nice for lazy asses beginners who don't like to work much (though it will be necessary later). But of course what it lacks is drawing practice (duh), you will only become good at kanji and spelling recognition (which is already nice). However if your not going to pay for the whole content then you will not make a complete use of the website so it really depends on you. Also I would recommend you the "kanji study" android app (maybe IOS too) which is basically a JLPT N 5 to 1 kanji bank, quite useful whith context for each spelling. Also check out https://www.tofugu.com/ for a lot of explanation and free courses, and maybe https://www.japanesepod101.com/ too. Also if you allow me to tell you how I think you could learn kanji, maybe each morning select 5 to 10 kanjis, write them on paper with their prononciations close by and in the evening go back at it and write down what you remembered, you'll see what you learned and what you forgot as short memory won't apply then. Tell me your thoughts about it, I have not tried yet it is just a thought.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pierre276b3

Thanks, I just want something to learn kanji effectively. I love how duolingo teaches us and I can't wait for the new Japanese course. But after a while kanjis seemed to get mixted up in my mind. I also used Japanese from zero books www.ici-japon.com and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChFfLNTK64xQj7NscGmLLLg The last 2 are in french.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zade714423

Also I would recommend you to have a kanji book where you store the kanjis that you find useful here and there, look up to them often to verify if you memorized them, if not write lines of them while telling their meanings and spellings loudly for better learning. Also it is not on the Internet that you will learn how to write kanjis as I said before, and it is necessary if you really plan to master the language. Enfin en t'appelant Pierre je me doutais bien que tu n'étais pas Hongrois, je te conseille aussi de télécharger un clavier japonais et de répondre aux questions de compréhension de la langue en utilisant le clavier, tu apprendras bien mieux. Si tu veux de l'assistance pour faire cela je peux aider.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pierre276b3

Merci, j'ai réussi à installer un clavier japonais. J'ai aussi remarqué des tiny cards avec des kanjis.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sara1190

I liked wanikani but like you I stopped at level three. The price for a subscription is too high for me to justify it. I liked how it taught through radicals and mnemonics though.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zade714423

Yes, I prefer a teacher if I need to spend money. Wanikani is basically a bank of kanji and vocabulary a bit organized and with mnemonics (by the way it doesn't work, best mnemonics are the ones made by yourself as they are adjusted to the way you think, I never used their mnemonics however I had great results). For serious learning of japanese you will need somee sort of teacher at some point.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sara1190

I took 3 quarters of Japanese in university, we got through the textbook within those 3 quarters and I think we only learned 150-200ish kanji from that. I think I'm going to look up a memrise course that has all the Joyo kanji and work through that. I've used anki before but I couldn't really figure out how to edit decks to add my own mnemonics.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zade714423

also for books well maybe the classic みんなの日本語 but I've barely started it so I don't know. I've downloaded it so tell me if you want me to upload as it is difficult to find without ... buying.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pierre276b3

I will look at it but don't upload it, I don't want to get into any copyrights troubles.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zade714423

Yes I fully understand.

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/OlgaBab1

One of the best courses I think , and widely used in Japan to teach Japanese to forigners. Definitely difficult to find, especially a non Japanese version, so you would either have to know some basic understandig of Japanese to study alone, or to have a teacher to guide you through the textbook.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zade714423

Well, I've found it in english, lucky me.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLord2k1

My super method ! I learn Kanji from words , for example I come to learn the word that means train which is でんしゃ(電車)So now whenever i see that together i know it
I dont need to learn single kanjis with readings
I know about 200 words with kanji till now so yea

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou

I have struggled with kanji until I found this site :

https://www.tanoshiijapanese.com

To me, the most useful part is the "kanji details" and "entry details" where every kanji is split in minute details with the meaning of each one. That's a big help to understand the deep meaning and the construction of the kanji.

(the "description story" given in many other site e.g. 六 = a man with hat and a moustache is generally pointless and useless to me)

The site also gives the stroke order which is very important.

I also like very much an app made by Mironov Aleksandr : Caractères Japonais (in French, I don't know if an English version exists)

April 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/StikElLoco

Wanikani is great if you are willing to pay the subscription, personally I use HouHou. http://houhou-srs.com

It gives the option of sorting your kanji by JLPT level or WaniKani level. However it's not the most user friendly and you have to manually add new Kanji to your "learning list" but it's great if you want to go at it at your own pace with plenty of customization.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pierre276b3

Seems like a nice tool.

April 25, 2019
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