Learning Method

Moving Ahead (Joutatsu  (  上達  ))



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  • From simple to difficult.
  • As if native language achievement.
  • Familiarity with some certain words used in basic/general situations.
  • Perception of the kanji as a whole figure (While doing this sometimes we may focus on eye-ear coordination or sometimes we may pay attention to shapes or stories.)
  • Grouping while considering common characteristics of kanjis.
  • Trying to study by writing in draft pages.
  • Getting used to stroke orders. (Otherwise whenever you do writing exercises it may confuse you combining various strokes for a kanji)
  • Automated inclination to remembering, thanks to repeated daily studying.
  • At the end the kanji becomes audial, visual, story related or meaning/subject related figure for you. So, that makes it easier to remember.
  • The words which will exemplify the illustrated kanjis are going to be chosen. How many times we try to use (read and write) those words regularly may orient us get familiar to them and so make them automatic in memory.
  • We will not investigate the reasons beyond the usages, sounds, grammar, shapes etc. Do not forget that it is not your aim.
  • Everyone has different attitudes to learn. Some like writing, some speaking, some watching or listening. Make sure your favorite behaviours in terms of learning, and then get into it. For example take an empty sheet and repeat drawing strokes of kanji figures. Or write some of them in paper and stick them to your visional area/environment.
  • In time, avoid reading the romaji forms and just force yourself to Hiragana, Katakana including some kanjis.
  • Get a good dictionary on your computer or mobile. But do not look up every word you don’t know the meaning.
  • Adhere to your timetable.
  • Fort the time being do not concentrate on pronunciation. It may be the topic of further studying.
  • Think about the meaning. It is not necessary to translate right at the moment you see that word or kanji.
  • One of the important subjects in kanji learning is the radicals. (You can see the details in Radicals section.) Some radicals by themselves do not have a specific meaning. But when combined they compose a kanji figure. We will not memorize them and accept them as kanji reminders.


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While giving examples for each kanji, you will get familiar to approximately 3000 words which makes you informed about the vocabulary of JLPT N3.

Of course the results and performance change from person to person. For optimum results please abide by your studying Timetable.

Enjoy each day going one step ahead in Kanji learning..