The Hell that is Learning Kanji
So, in addition to all my other requirements, this semester I decided to take Japanese. It was a great choice, and so far the class has been going well, but a few weeks ago we started learning kanji. Hiragana and katakana were easy enough, and the grammar/syntax/vocabulary stuff is pretty straightforward, but kanji has been extremely difficult for me to learn. I can remember basic ones (nihon, gakusee, daigaku, numbers from 1-100, etc.), but the more complex ones, and the on'yomi/kun'yobi readings have thrown me off. Does anyone know of some resources, perhaps online, that are good for this sort of thing?
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Back on topic, I like kanji actually I started teaching my self some basic kanji just because I think it looks fun and interesting. As soon as you understand the whole On and Kun thing as well as learn the basic radicals that make up the more complex kanji it get a whole lot easier. For me I would have to say that this online kanji dictionary is the best and a good forum to ask questions on and learn Japaneses phrases from is about Japanese it also has and extensive kanji reference page . Hope I helped have fun learning.
I practice on the DS. The stylus makes it an excellent tool for learning kanji. I also make myself key-chain flashcards that I carry around with me and go through when I am waiting for the train and stuff. Beware using only flash cards, though, because you will forget your stroke order.
I started learning by myself by drawing on paper and reading my dad's Japanese comics when I was maybe in 6th grade? I had a basic, elementary grasp of the language when I went to Japan at age 17 to study whereupon I got tutored in the library by English teachers with free periods. At NYU I took a couple of college classes, went back to Japan, and now I basically just study by myself. I think once you get enough momentum that doing stuff in Japanese is not a chore but feels fun or normal, studying is easy. Like, does reading Haruhi novels count? Or manga? Or Skype-ing friends? I've been kinda wussy on actual studying, except for the fall of my sophomore year of college, where I decided I would take the level 2 proficiency and crammed the entire semester. I think I took my Japanese grammer book with me on the bus every day.
Otherwise, watching alot of anime and analyzing what they say opposed to how it's written helps alot. Trying to read manga or light novels in Japanese might help, since they have furigana. Onyomi and Kunyobi aren't really that hard once you get a grasp of it.