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09 April 2007 @ 09:35 am
100 kanji a week anyone?  
My recent Japanese practice has been watching anime. Listening is not so bad... reading and writing, well...

So I was pondering what I could do to *quickly* improve my kanji skills before I head off for Comiket and Worldcon. I figure if I attempt to learn 12 kanji each weekday and 20 each Saturday and Sunday, that's 100 per week, so I'd study about 1800 kanji. According to About.com:

In 1981, the Japanese Ministry of Education published their "Joyo kanji" list, an official listing of 1,945 kanji characters. The list comprises all the kanji you might expect to encounter in "everyday use" - on signs, in newspapers and so on. Japanese children have to learn all 1,945 Joyo kanji by the time they leave high school.

I'd be pretty close to that. Then I figured, other people might be interested, but I wouldn't want to flood my own journal with stuff about it. So, for me and whoever else is interested, I present:


crossposted to nippon2007.
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the Chickthechick on April 9th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Once you are done with this and have been to Japan maybe you can take the official Japanese proficiency test. Ewen took it and would know what it is called.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on April 10th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
thanks! :)
Dr3Am3ndergesellschaftoi on April 9th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
In H.S. my friend Scott was studying Japanese. He got the hirigana/katakana(sp) down, and then got a book on kanji.. he let me borrow it and next time we spoke I was showing off the 50 I'd learned.. ..he took the book back immediately. so.. falsly proud until he said something to the effect that 500 is entry :p ouch. I'm decidedly happy watching my GTO subtitled.. thank you. ;)
ashi: arrrr!ashi on April 10th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: pictionary
500? Talk to me mid-May. I hope. :)
Dr3Am3ndergesellschaftoi on April 10th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: pictionary
Hope? nah.. you'll have it nailed down by then.
More accurately I remembering him saying to get out of kindergarden.. but I didn't think the Japanese education system was like ours, do they even have kindergarden?
Anyways, good study, better travel. Enjoy!
ashi: arrrr!ashi on April 10th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: pictionary
sirsanjiyansirsanjiyan on April 12th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: pictionary
I'm planning to take the test Ewen took (JLPT: Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2, aka Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken Ni-kyuu) and I've been gradually improving my kanji skills over the last few months. I've gotten to the point where reading manga is just on the edge of turning from "feeling my way through it" to an reading exercise in comprehension. More importantly, I think I'm starting to able to read compounds that while I don't understand their meaning alone, can usually figure out from the context (some of these even turned out to not be on the vocab list I'm studying for).

One of the best drill tools I found months ago for portions of the exam using kanji is a free Excel spreadsheet that tests your knowledge and comes in 2-kyuu, 3-kyuu, and 4-kyuu flavors. However, you need MS Excel 2000 or above to use it. Others who've used it found it to be quiet useful.

ashi: arrrr!ashi on April 12th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Re: pictionary
Thanks! I should be able to read it with Open Office as well. That'll come in handy. :)