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advice [Sep. 10th, 2004|08:58 pm]
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^^;; I've become terrible lazy - and have forgotten so much kanji.. so I'm on a self directed campaign to try and not be so dependent upon Jim Breen, et al

Can I ask advice of all you Kanji learners? My problem was - in school really they only required us to have a few readings of the kanji on a test. So now I'm wondering what is my best approach.

I might know the kanji..but not the myriad of readings. Should I try to learn each kanji with a great variety of meanings? Or just try to master more & more difficult kanji & worry about all the many combinations later?

Appreciating your advice * I suck at self study.. and not having any classes/Japanese to talk to for a few years*

From: iffer
2004-09-11 02:27 am (UTC)
My best method of studying is romanizing lyrics. I just do a lot of them, and after time, I start to remember the readings and meanings for many of them. All my text books and stuff have taught me so little in comparison to this.

I just type out what I know and use the disctionary for the ones I don't as I go along. Like I said, eventually it all just clicks. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2004-09-11 02:30 am (UTC)
thanks for the suggestion..

Ahh! the typing out.. that is the killer - even my Japanese friends say that word processors make them forget how to write kanji!...

I just hope my sense of initiative doesn't disappear.. Just once I want to look at a Japanese site and not have to look up everything! lol
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[User Picture]From: megami_takarai
2004-09-11 02:46 am (UTC)
I try learning kanji from songs and get the meaning from the dictionary. I'm not enrolled in a nihongo class now because sensei is at Japan taking her masters.

Try writing it with the strokes...hope this helps...
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From: pierraxryuka
2004-09-11 04:44 am (UTC)
I would say, you should make a kanji sheet for yourself.
because that's what i do with my tutoring sessions. (btw i'm a Japanese Tutor at my School for the program because pretty much I AM the Japanese Person on Campus) =P
cuz the most important thing is to be able to read and write it.
well, more like reading it... ANYWAYZ~ i would say making the work sheet works the best.
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2004-09-11 01:31 pm (UTC)
^_^ Thanks for the advice.. In fact I do make worksheets- this site is so helpful
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[User Picture]From: shochu66
2004-09-11 09:33 am (UTC)
Unfortunately we don't have an advice, because we are struggling with kanji ourselves. But it helps to read as much Japanese as possible. To remember all the readings is terribly hard; whenever you encounter a new reading try to save it on your harddisk (=brain). Demo ganbarimashou!!!!!!
We also have to sit down on our butts and do some serious studying again - Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2 is coming up in December.
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[User Picture]From: doihachan
2004-09-11 10:06 am (UTC)
Hmm. What works for me is just the practice. It's kinda easier that I have a class and a set of vocabulary I -have- to learn so I just learn any relevant kanji and forget about all readings at the moment...

I can't guarantee it will work but I'm on my last semester of Japanese in school (no more available and I will only have an intermediate level >.>). My course of action is to expand on readings I haven't learned from kanji I already know how to read in at least one way (building vocab). Actually writing it does more wonders than I realize, too. :O
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[User Picture]From: themusemiki
2004-09-13 03:05 am (UTC)
I prefer to try and learn all the readings at once, but only the common readings, not the obsolete ones because once you start getting the readings you can basicly figure any combination. Its helped me a lot here, and most about 90 percent of the time i am right in my reading of it.
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