august 31st, 11:59pm
september 1st, 12:00am
So, since I’ve returned to Japan I have been much more motivated to study Japanese again since graduating college in December. I want to be able to talk with my friends and coworkers. I also need to finish learning kanji. But kanji is such an intimidating task, right? It is said that, to be literate in Japan, one must learn a minimum of 1,800 kanji. Like, what the eff, right? That’s impossible! Especially considering the fact that some kanji are 20 stroke beasts. Like many of you, I struggled with the thought of, “How could I possibly remember every single stroke for 1,800 kanji?” Well, I started doing some research about studying kanji, and I found something that could be really useful!
I found some sites that recommend learning the radicals of kanji rather than each kanji indivually. There are somewhere around 250 radicals. Doesn’t that sound nicer than 1,800 kanji already? This way, you have less to memorize, and can use the radicals like little building blocks to create kanji, and they will also help you remember kanji through the use of mnemonics (some kind of short phrase that aids in memorization). I found two really helpful lists that organize all of the radicals into one nice little chart.
1. Tofugu’s Radical Cheat Sheet: http://www.tofugu.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/kanji-radicals-cheatsheet.pdf
2. Kanji Alive’s Traditional Radical List: http://kanjialive.com/214-traditional-kanji-radicals/
Right now I’m using Kanji Alive, and have managed to memorize 30 radicals in like an hour. The radicals are so much simpler than the entire kanji themselves. This is a new study method that I’m trying out, but I’m feeling like it’s going to be really useful. I also like some of Tofugu’s translations of the radicals better than Kanji Alive’s, so I might use both sites to study from. For all you Japanese 勉強している-ers, I recommend this method.
Also, here’s another blog that explains the difference between learning kanji by radical than by stroke through cool comics:
Good luck, everyone!
To all my friends learning Japanese! Good luck~!
btw I’m now super invested in the headcanon that Cecil’s sister is trans and that’s why in Cassette he mentions a brother he doesn’t remember he just forgot that his sister ever called herself his brother
I’m am very okay with this.
Grunt questions his Battlemaster’s fashion sense.
(ps all dumb mamashep comics will be tagged under ‘mamashep chronicles’)