97 day kanji challenge

Asked 1 year ago

So, I've read online that BEFORE studying japanese (and well, im not very far past the beginner classes) you should learn all the 2136(ish?) joyo kanji, is this a good approach?


Also if someone could explain to me how the heisig method works that would be amazing

Commented 1 year ago

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The Heisig method looks at the elements/primitives that are the building blocks for more complex Kanji. Each of the elements are given names. With these names a little story is created, containing the names of the elements and usually the story also includes hints about the position of the elements relative to each other.

The idea is, that it is easier to remember a story than it is to remember a visual picture of the kanji in your head. 

 I have tried it and for me it helps to remember them and reproduce them.

However, since I don't know many Japanese words yet, I still am not able to read much. Most kanji have many possible pronunciations and those I haven't learnt yet.

In my opinion it is not necessary to learn 2200 kanji beforehand (but I guess it doesn't hurt either) One can also just follow the Nihongo curriculum because they introduce kanji at the pace that fits with the rest of the progress. So as you learn more Japanse you learn more kanji. The only advantage of Heisig for me is that whenever I learn a new kanji at Nihongo, I already know the character itself, I only have to learn the different meanings, pronunciations and the words that you can write with it. 



Answered 1 year ago


What a load of cobblers if I've ever heard it - there's much more to Japanese than just kanji. Alsoproperly learning that amount of kanji takes years.

Language learning is like toppling a wall - in the case of Japanese a wall that you can't see the top of or the sides, they go on for that long.

So we all start somewhere and you just keep chipping away at it until you start punching holes in the thing and can see the other side. There's no right or wrong way to language-learning, just keep at it and remember to stick to a comprehensive approach: kanji, vocabulary, speaking, listening comprehension, reading...



Answered 1 year ago


i am here because i want to learn japanese. My father is being posted to Japan for an year and we have to be there too, 

we are leaving after this father's day. So before leaving, i want to do something for my father singing a song in Japanese.

i already bought a gift for him from father's day coupons

Answered 4 months ago


hi A

actually, thats many more words than the basic two thousand words; 

Kanji generally have both Onyomi & Kunyomi pronunciations & usages, 

and many have several meanings, and many form compounds when 

paired witundreden a few hh other Kanji; might be better to begin with

a few dozen, then expand, since each character can represent several 

meanings & have several usages & pronunciations


Answered 1 month ago