Thursday, January 05, 2012

Grade 3 Japanese Kanji Shape and Meaning preparing for the JLPT test video

Studying for the JLPT means allocating a large part of your study time to kanji. To make your kanji study easier we have put together some proven learning aids to help you slowly adjust, learn and memorize the many characters, their shape, meaning and related meanings.

The following video is Grade 3 Japanese Kanji Shape and Meaning.

The best book to help you with kanji is the proven Heisig method which teaches you not only the kanji but how to memorize them. That is you have study the kanji by writing it a hundred times, then you see it in a written passage next to another kanji and crunchtime, can you rember the shape, on, kun and meaning. DO you remeber the 2, 3 or 4 kanji meaning when its in a combination.If you have days like these, like we all do.Then Heisig's method maybe for you

Heisigs method comes in two books book 1 and book 2.THese books also include the new 196 joyo kanji added to the list of required kanji in late 2010. SO you know you have the most up to date list of required kanji when you study.

Book 1
Remembering the Kanji, Volume 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters [Paperback]

"In the book, Heisig presents a method for learning how to associate the meaning and writing of 2042 kanji, including most of the jōyō kanji. There is no attention given to the readings of the kanji, as Heisig believes that one should learn the writing and meaning first, before moving on to the readings in Volume II."

Book 2
Remembering the Kanji, Vol. 2: A Systematic Guide to Reading Japanese Characters (Japanese Edition) [Paperback]

"Unlike the first volume, this book does not rely on "imaginative memory". The book is mainly focused on the Chinese readings, however one chapter does suggest a mnemonic device for learning the Japanese readings. Heisig splits the kanji into various chapters, according to the most appropriate method to learn their readings. For each Chinese reading of a kanji, an example compound word is given."

The video below also plays a part in getting you familiar as a first step with the total kanji by a grade, their shape and their meaning.