Why did devote a section of my blog to Japanese kanji? Simply put, I want to learn more about this fascinating language around me. I want to be able to understand everything around me: on a train, on a bus, at a doctor’s office, at the grocery store, in a newspaper…EVERYTHING!
No, I’m not a Japanese specialist, nor I am I a Japanese teacher, not even in the slightest. I hope I don’t come across that way. I DO however enjoy learning new things about language. Two things I have going for me right now, are an extreme desire to learn, and a wonderful opportunity to live in Japan.
As far as writing goes, learning hiragana and katakana was the initial challenge for me. I can confidently say that I do know all of them, and I can read, write, and recognize them. However, I don’t have a native speaker’s reading speed or comprehension. Becoming quicker at employing them is constant work in progress. As I continue to increase my katakana and hiragana speed, I don’t want my Japanese to plateau…therefore, I have set a goal to learn more kanji…1000 kanji to be exact. I want to learn them systematically, and really know them. My idea is to create an area of my blog just to posting the kanji that I learn every week. This number may be small some weeks, and may be larger in others…but posting this area for all of the Internet world to see, gives me no means of escape, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. It’s like a cage match…me against these 1000 kanji. I WILL BE VICTORIOUS!!
When I post videos for this blog area, they will be done in a teaching style. But why teach if you don’t know all the kanji you’re teaching, Donald? Two main reason: Number one- if I go through these kanji as if I had to teach them to someone, I’ll be sure to focus more on the details, I won’t just gloss over the steps. Number two- it’s really hard to teach a subject without picking up some of what you’re learning (even something as obscure as Japanese kanji).
As I go through these kanji, I hope that maybe someone out there will learn something, too. Maybe you’re struggling to learn kanji, too. Let’s learn them together!! I’m not trying to come across as some Japanese language know-it-all, because the fact is…I don’t know everything about the Japanese language! but I REALLY want to learn. So on those days I get tired (I know they will happen) please leave me some encouraging comments, advice (if you have Japanese skills already) to help me reach my goal.
Striving for success,