Kanji Flashcards

I am a big fan of learning kanji, the writing system that Japanese have adopted and mastered. It is not easy for an ordinary student to suddenly be exposed to some 2000 Japanese kanji, and go through the process of learning them all.

Kanji.jpgI once knew a friend in Tokyo who collected subways tickets, because they had the names of stations that he knew, and the squiggles printed on the tickets were helpful in memorizing the kanji. 目黒 was “eye black”, or Me-guro. Easy to read, but you also need to learn how to write it.

Much better: White Rabbit Press has Kanji Flashcards that you can bring with you anywhere, and keep learning and remembering the kanji. Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki have done a great job to include memory aides and diagrams that I find particularly useful. A+++

4 Comments so far

  1. stuz (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 3:21 am

    Thanks for the tip. Might get them myself…
    This might seems a bit naff, but it might work. Check this out http://www.kicl.info/ – a computer game for learning Japanese. Unfortunately it’s only for Windows and I’m on a Mac (and can’t be asked to install Windows)

  2. Martin F (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

    Thanks Stuz, that game looks like a fun way to learn kanji, I’m sure it can help many people to start making the effort.

    One reason I like the paper kanji cards is that you can bring a few of them on the train or whenever you got som spare time. Just pop them in your pocket or bag and keep refering to them. Repetition is a great way to learn kanji, and the cards help a lot.

  3. stuz (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 4:56 am

    Martin, do you know how many there are what levels the Kanji cards cover? Thinking of getting them myself. Youre right about they are more practical and needed one can just dispose/leave those kanji one already know behind :)

  4. Martin F (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 9:55 am

    This box has 284 kanji cards with over 1,700 compounds (compounds are the combination of several kanji which is what you need to actually learn how to read words). They say that’s for Levels 3 & 4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

    Good point about leaving the cards behind that you already mastered – watching that pile grow could be a major incentive as well!

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