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Know more about Kanji letter of Japanese language
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D
ifferent people come to second-language learning with different goals in mind. A rock climberraveling in ailand might just want to know enoughphrases to make her vacation go more smoothly. A Mexican carpenter working in Texas might only careo learn the English names of the various tools andhardware needed for his job. Not everyone strives forfluency or even proficiency beyond daily conversation with friends.However, if you intend to achievea mastery of the Japanese languagebeyond daily conversation, you are bestadvised to create and diligently follow asystematic plan to learn kanji. Learning Japanese presents different challengeso different people. Particle usage is acommon diffi cultly for many, as well as getting theverb forms right. Kanji mastery, however, presents aparticular challenge because failure to accumulate abroad knowledge of kanji becomes a serious barrier tostudy at and above the intermediate level.While you will find liberal use of hiragana, ruby (a.k.a.
 furigana
) and romaji in beginner and pre-intermediate level study materials, their use as an aidin recognizing kanji becomes less and less commonin intermediate level materials and above. erefore,finding useful learning materials becomes more andmore diffi cult as you try to make progress without asuffi cient number of kanji in your arsenal.e solution of course is to study kanji. But, how?Japanese children are required to learn 1,006“education kanji” (
教育漢字
kyōiku kanji) inelementary school. ere are 1,945 “daily use kanji”(
用漢字
jōyō kanji) which consists of all thekyouiku kanji plus an additional 939 more diffi cultkanji taught in secondary school. In publishing for thegeneral public, characters outside of this category areoften given ruby—
small kana written above or beside kanji to show its reading  
 Japanese children learn kanji largely by writing themhundreds of times each throughout their schooling.ince we aren’t going to afford ourselves the samenumber of years it takes Japanese children to masterhe kanji, we’re going to need some special tools andechniques. ere are several kanji learning systems onhe market, and I urge you to experiment with severaluntil you find one, or a combination of several, that works best for you.One noteworthy book is
Kanji Pict-o-graphics: over 1,000 Japanese kanji and kana mnemonics 
by MichaelRowley. Rowley has applied his international award winning graphic design talents to create a book whichuses image and text mnemonics to help you learn andremember the kanji. Reviews of this title on Amazonare very polarized, so it’s definitely not for everyone.I own it personally and used it to learn hiragana andkatakana, but it’s not my favorite choice for kanji dueo its lack of kanji compounds. I’ll elaborate more onhis below.
 A Guide to Remember Japanese Characters 
by Kenneth G. Henshall explains the origins andmeanings of over 2,000 characters. I consult this book frequently, but its helpfulness is limited. e problem with this book is no fault of Henshall, who has donea praiseworthy job of researching etymologies andsuggesting mnemonics. e problem is with the messy Darwinism of kanji evolution. Too often he writtenform of a modern kanji is the result of simplifications,historic miscopying of elements, components usedfor phonetic—not symbolic—reasons, and hosts of other twists, turns, and mutations of which scholarshemselves are not always in full agreement. So, whilehis book is certainly interesting, and sometimes useful,he study of kanji etymology is probably best saved foradvanced level study. ere is simply too much hereo confuse and distract for this to be a primary text inearly kanji study.We now turn to
Remembering the Kanji Vol.1: acomplete course on how not to forget the meaning and writing of Japanese characters 
by James W. Heisig. Heisigakes the unorthodox position that Japanese studiesshould begin with kanji; that is,
learn the kanji first 
,and only then proceed to learn grammar, vocabulary and other forms of usage and expression. is approachis rather academic for those who have already movedo Japan and can’t afford to put their entire Japanese
etting to Know the Kanji:
arketplace Options for Kanji Learners
y Max Hodges“Too often the written form a modern kanji is the resultof simplifications, historic miscopying of elements,components used for phonetic—not symbolic—reasons,and hosts of other twists, turns, and mutations of whichscholars themselves are not always in full agreement.

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