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Kanji Resources

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I thought I'd take a moment to share some of the resources I find most useful for beginning Japanese learners! I highly recommend you supplement them with a class or tutoring sessions, but please take a look. 1. Real Kana: http://realkana.com/   This is an excellent site for memorizing hiragana and katakana (the first step for any Japanese learner). It simply shows... read more

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As a Japanese tutor, a lot of questions I hear are about kanji: What are they exactly? Why do I read them one way sometimes, and another at others? How do I read them? Do I really need to study them? How do I study them? Firstly, Kanji are Chinese-derived characters used in written Japanese to form nouns and the base of most verbs and adjectives. Many have a purely grammatical function,... read more

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One question I get often deals with memorization, which makes sense.  There is a lot of memorization in any subject, but especially with Japanese.  New vocabulary and kanji are the two biggest examples I can give you.  Thankfully this is a short post.  To sum it up: I find a dual flashcards/sentences approach works very well for both instances.   The study of Japanese,... read more