Nihongo Challenge N4-5 Kanji Textbook Review

Review of the N4-N5 Nihongo Challenge Textbook

Kanji is one of those subjects that classroom Japanese students and Japanese self-study advocates alike struggle with. Believe me, I know first hand that studying kanji can be a rather sharp pain in the butt. 

 Why is learning/studying kanji so damn hard? Well, for starters there are just so frickin' many of them: they say to be proficient at reading newspapers, magazines, etc. you need upwards of 1500 characters! Just hearing that is enough to dissuade the Japanese dabbler, or even a Continue Reading …

The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course Review

Kanji Learner's Course with Stars

Remember when you started studying Japanese and you thought, “This is fun!” “This is exciting.” You started learning those basic phrases and actually started remembering them! You even got that hiragana stuff down without even breaking a 汗 (あせ-sweat). You started wondering what all the “learn Japanese” fuss was about. THIS is one of the hardest languages to learn…PSSH, whatever. But somehow or another you stumbled on a trainload of Japanese symbols that you couldn’t read whatsoever: Continue Reading …

Answers to The Japan Guy Kanji Quiz

YESTERDAY'S KANJI

Let's take a brief look at the chart once more: Okay ladies and gents! Let's see how you did. The answers below show the word and the corresponding kanji character. I also included a brief explanation of each one. Check it out! 1. One 一 One, single, solitary dash seems fitting to me. So the next time somebody asks you if you know kanji, you can show them how well you can write the kanji for the number “one.” 2. Two 二 If one dash is the number one, guess what the number two Continue Reading …

A Japan Guy 15 Kanji Quiz

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I remember eating out with my friend Abasa in the early part of my Japan stay and was so impressed by this guy. I knew so little Japanese, but he was speaking fluently, effortlessly. We talked about life in Japan and how he didn’t follow the normal teaching route. Abasa went the business route, instead. He’d lived in Japan for quite some time, and life seemed so good for him. Running into people like him who were so positive about being here, really had a big influence on me. I wanted to Continue Reading …

Learning Kanji: My Five Kanji Teachers

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“BING, BONG, BING, BONG, BING, BONG, BING, BONG.” That grandfather clock-like tone means that cleaning time is over, and it’s time for the noon break. For the last four days my noon break has been a little different than normal. Every day after lunch & shouji I’ve been getting schooled in the ways of Japanese kanji by five, fifth grade girls. Learning kanji isn't always easy, but hearing it from a Japanese kid's perspective was really interesting. These five students were some of my best Continue Reading …