Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Grade One Japanese Kanji - Shape & Meaning

Grade 1 Japanese Kanji is only 80 characters but these characters have many meanings. They have stand alone meanings, linked to verbs, linked to verbs, join to make noun combinations, represent counters, have a Chinese reading (Onyomi) and a Japanese reading Kun yomi.So even though you think you only need to memorize 80 characters in fact you need to memorize the shape, meaning and uses.All up about 1000. SO lets get started to get you up and running with shape and meaning before we get on to Chinese and Japanese readings. Small steps in layers is the way to get kanji burnt on your brain, so it becomes second nature and eventually natural.