Kanji: Where Should I Start?

Asked 5 years ago

Hi, sorry if the answer to this is obviously mentioned on the site, but I just don't see it. I was told to learn a little at a time, especially since I'm in the beginner lessons now. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? I'd really appreciate it. ^ ^

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If you are planning to use Nihongo Master as your main/only study tool, the lessons will slowly introduce kanji to you as you go along, so you don't need to worry about pacing it yourself.  You could also check out some of the practice sheets made by the community.  As for the pacing of the lessons, it's really up to you how fast you want to take it.  Some people do one lesson a day and their drills, some people do a little more, some people do a little less.  The best tip is to not force your drills, as they  use a specific techinque that is designed to help you remember slowly over time (which has been proven to lead to better long term information retention). 

There are lots of resources out there for learning Kanji, if you did want to do some extra work outside of Nihongo Master.  I, personally, am using a mix of Nihongo Master and the Heisig method (which teaches you to recognize the meanings of the Kanji by using memory tools, and basically leaves learning the readings for later...it's sort of a short cut to being able to translate things in your head, making it easier to function while reading Japanese, and leaving more time for you to work on understanding the readings - you can easily find info about it on google or youtube).

Answered 5 years ago

So it's included in the course? Alright, thanks for the info! As for using other sources, I've used some cool Youtube videos (JapanesePop101) that helped me learn hiragana and katakana faster and easier with word association, so I get what you're talking about. I believe they have Kanji videos like that too, but I didn't know if it was going to be more difficult or really where to start. Anyway, thanks so much! ^ ^

Commented 5 years ago


Good  question, one very effective thing to do is make a brief list of words that 

are of of interest, and then look them up in the handy dictionary!  Many of the words 

come up naturally in the lessons, however, there may be a few others some which are of 

immediate interest and so will be fun to learn!

Answered 4 years ago