https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrifkyramdhani

Kanji stroke order practice would be great!

First thing first, I would like to thank Duolingo team and contributors for doing great work for the Japanese course, keep up the good work! As far as I'm concerned, learning kanji is difficult, especially when you're learning Japanese by yourself and don't have the need to use it routinely/on a daily basis, (e.g., you don't live in Japan/China, you don't take a formal Japanese lesson, you don't read untranslated Japanese books/newspapers/novels/comics, you don't write in Japanese). Even it takes around 12 years (from elementary up until high school) of learning for most Japanese themselves to "befriend" jōyō (regular use) kanji. Learning kanji letter isn't just memorizing it's shape and reading, but the stroke order when writing kanji as well. Based on my experience, knowing the stroke order really helps to remember and write the letter (some research even state it could sharpen your memory). Because Duolingo currently doesn't have kanji stroke order practice in it's lesson, I (maybe some other users too) sometimes look for the stroke order and practicing on sites like kanshudo, jisho and yamasa. That's why if Duolingo add the kanji stroke order practice feature to the Japanese course lesson, it would be highly appreciated because it surely will really help a lot of user to understand Japanese better (it might help user who wish to take Kanji Kentei Test too!).

June 26, 2019

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/winnie.fj

There's this really good book which teaches over 2,000 of the main kanji students should learn, along with their stroke order. You can get the whole pdf here: http://simpleromanian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/4805311169-Japanese-Kanji-and-Kana.pdf

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heather699501

That's really helpful. Thanks so much! :)

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/varkentje123

Hey, I've got that book. :P It is great. I personally don't look at the stroke order, though.

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Slgibson21

I was like you "why does stroke order matter?" Then my wife pointed out "we do the same thing with cursive". Once I started trying to get it, the symbols formed much easier.

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kirigaya.Kazuto.

Thank you for sharing these sites! I seldom take time to learn Japanese apart from duolingo, but when I do I focus on Kanji writing. I agree that learning how to write a Kanji makes it easier to tell it apart from similar looking Kanji and to remember it in general. In a way, it makes it easier to read Japanese. I appreciate the duolingo course for what it is, but I'd be thankful if this feature was added.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suzunorin

On Pinterest there are contributors who dedicate lessons to one kanji at a time, with proportion details, angles, stroke order, and pitfalls to look out for. It's a good place to start with Kanji and it's lots of fun since it's very visual and colorful.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sisi224

I never knew that, thanks for the information! Will definitely be checking it out. :)

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vicki966016

well said

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DHPersephone

yes, it should begin teaching you how to write the characters!

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Slgibson21

Look at the app Write It Japanese. They teach the stroke order and pronunciation. But, teaching the letters Duo is much better.

I have been using Duo to learn the letters plus Write It to learn to draw the letters. It is working fairly well.

In just 2 weeks, I can answer the phone in Japanese and tell someone bye.

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert_Martens

And they say"What?" and "She hung up!"

July 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eva146385

It would be really useful to have the kanji stroke order, even congress in Japan just passed a law about teaching foreigners the right stroke order. It's primordial to have the right stroke order. For myself, I find it very helpful to learn the right order, as there is a definite rhythm to writing. Try the Midori app for phone. It's really great, but the only thing better would be for them to have the app with "brush" strokes instead of just "pen" strokes.

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WADIYA_PRESIDENT

N3 ?

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mommarigo

That would be a really useful feature, even if I can't imagine how that would work into the lessons.

What's helped for me, is that I have an app on my Android phone, called Kanji Tree. It's pretty basic, but it teaches and reviews how to draw all the Joyo kanji, and kentei and names. It would work even better, if I remembered to practice regularly. Also, the first thing I used for kanji, was the website wanikani.com. Very good site.

June 29, 2019
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