Kanji Kanji Kanji – How many do you know?
Just a quick random post today about Kanji. I’ve been doing Kanji for about nearly 9 months or so now and am using Heisig RTK (Remember the Kanji) . I’d just like to show some pictures of Kanji I’ve written (
not to brag, althoughI feel like it a bit XD) I’ve only started writing it these past 2 months to help remember them somehow^^” My Kanji writing is messy but I can make it pretty when I want to^^”! I still don’t remember all the 2000+ Jōyō kanji. I probably know only around 500-700? not really sure^^” For those of you who don’t know what Jōyō kanji is, here’s a little explanation from Wikipedia.
- The jōyō kanji (常用漢字?, literally “regular-use Chinese characters”) is the guide to kanji characters announced officially by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Current jōyō kanjiare those on a list of 2,136 characters issued in 2010. It is a slightly modified version of the tōyō kanji, which was the initial list of secondary school-level kanji standardized afterWorld War II.
It’s good to come up with stories which are known as mnemonic stories to help you remember them, I think Danny mentioned this in his post, How Discovering Japan Changed My Life
Ah for those of you are wondering how I try to retain them, I use a SRS (spaced repetition system) called Anki, which is free. This was the first SRS I’ve used and I really liked it, simple and easy to use. So I do recommend it! very beginner friendly. Of course there are other SRS out there such as Mnemosyne, Surusu (online).
Then you rate yourself on how well you remember the Kanji
When I started, I had it the other way around, the story at the Front of the card and the Kanji at the back. After a few months, I decided to flip it around, having the Kanji at the Front and the story at the Back. What I’d do is look at the kanji and try to remember it and if I don’t I press the show answer. I found this to help me remember the Kanji better. I knew how to write the Kanji with the help of the stories but decided how I’d remember them without the story.
So my question is to all you Japanese learners out there and also people who have just started. Did you write a lot of Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana on paper to help you remember them? Has writing them helped you?
One piece of advice I’d like to offer is to never give up and keep trying, you will definitely get there. Kanji is intimidating at the start but after a while, you will become best friends^^ Yes sometimes you will forget the Kanji but if you use an SRS, it will help you in remembering them.
Ah one last thing, for those who are wondering if I made up these stories, I didn’t^^” Although I really think it’s best to come up with stories by oneself.
Anyways, I do hope you enjoy todays quick and random post!