Week 31: Welcome to the 5th Grade!!!

The first half of this week we finished up 4th grade, and the second half we started on 5th grade kanji! Congratulations!! Can you tell where the cutoff is? The 4th grade finished with some very complicated kanji with high stroke counts, and the 5th grade started with some much more simple kanji…what a relief!

We also had a LOT more kanji with the man, human 人 (亻) radical. This seems to be one of the most common radicals we see.

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Week 30: Joyo Kanji Challenge

This week marks the last FULL week of 4th grade. That means next week we start learning 5th grade kanji! Can you believe it? The kanji this week were hard, with most stroke counts in the double digits. We also saw many different radicals including ⻌ (辵,辶), 貝, and 言 (訁). Do you remember them all?

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Week 29: Joyo Kanji Challenge

Thanksgiving is over and it’s back to work…

We know your bellies are probably still bursting with turkey from last week, but the kanji never stops! We had a bunch of new radicals this week and the highest stroke count yet: 18 strokes! Doesn’t seem like kanji will get any easier when we graduate to the 5th grade in just two weeks!!

This week we also learned 訓: the kanji for…Japanese kanji reading! Of course the kanji for kanji readings has many different readings.
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Week 28: The Hardest Kanji Week Yet

Did you notice how hard this week was?

This week we were faced with high stroke counts, so many different radicals, similar-looking kanji and it was HARD! But don’t fret, we are here to help make sure you can learn each and every kanji, no matter how difficult!

Using our printable writing sheets are the best way to commit every kanji to memory and writing is proven to help increase retention! You can download the sheet here if you’re a premium member:

Week 28: Jōyō Kanji Challenge Printable Writing Sheet

Week 28: Jōyō Kanji Challenge Study List

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Week 27: Joyo Kanji Challenge (Water Radical Week)

Are You Keeping Up With the Challenge?

We have just one month left before we finish the 4th Grade and move on to 5th Grade! A lot of the kanji are getting harder and we are learning new radicals all the time! This week we learned the radical for clan 氏 and yawning 欠 had 8 kanji that use the water radical, 水 (氵, 氺)!

Here is a handy explanation of the water radical from Facets and Rainbows:

water radical kanji
Let’s review the 21 kanji we learned in Week 27!
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