Radicals: the best approach to kanji, no joke
Kanji-by-meat-cleaver - what EVERYONE studying kanji should know. (In which I have Strong Opinions about things that most people don't care about, like the importance of radicals in kanji learning.)
Kanji cards: examples - I developed this system for putting together study material for post-JLPT2 kanji, but I realize that most people learning Japanese probably aren't that far along, so this is to illustrate the kanji-by-meat-cleaver approach with easier stuff.
JLPT-1 cards - for some reason I thought that by the time I knew a thousand kanji they'd start running out of new ones. Nope. I have, however, run into a dearth of study materials, I guess because nobody actually expects Japanese students to get this far. So I made my own, and compiled flashcard sets for both kanji reading/meaning and important vocabulary. The program needed to use them is Mnemosyne, which is small and free and gets the job done.
1 to 20 - ( Kanji readings ) With a short explanation of how I picked the order, and FOUR MAJOR kanji that ought to be taught in Japanese 101.
21 to 40 - ( Kanji reading cards )
41 to 60 - ( Kanji reading cards )
61 to 80 - ( Kanji reading cards )
81- 100 - ( Kanji reading cards )
1 to 100, cumulative - ( Kanji reading cards )
And since I started this, White Rabbit Press actually did come out with a set of cards for JLPT1. It suffers from 1) a slightly shoddier editing job than the earlier sets, 2) some glaring omissions of both vocabulary and possible readings (for example, the card for 宜 doesn't include よろしく, HELLO), and 3) they've removed what I thought was the most valuable feature of the cards, which was pointing out its component radicals and is only WHAT THIS PAGE IS ALL ABOUT.
- It was Schultz's hilarious, unconventional kanji dictionary, stumbled across by chance one day, that first tipped me off to the importance of radicals, and the term "strong radical" is hijacked directly from him. I definitely recommend checking it out. (It has painstakingly-crafted obscene kanji mnemonics!)
- Most of the stuff on this site uses the Japanese Kanji Flashcards, Vol 2 from White Rabbit Press as a jumping off point, because that covers all the kanji required for JLPT level 2. It's a very good product, and the cards I make are based on their design.
- And of course, nearly all information here was obtained in some way from the incomparable Jim Breen.
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