Lesson 003: Kanji #001-140 (JLPT N5 Kanji)

Conquer Kanji through your imagination!

*Advanced Level: 2,200 Everyday Kanji

If you have reached this stage, it means that you have passed [MASTERY TEST 002: Hiragana & Katakana]. おめでとう!Using the same IMAGINATION techniques in [Lesson 001: Hiragana] and [Lesson 002: Katakana], you will now begin your Kanji journey. たのしみ!

In this lesson, there are 110 Kanji groups to study (20 Kanji/group, total of 2200 Kanji). Try to study 20 Kanji in a total of 2 hours or less (30 minutes for 5 Kanji) - this means that it is possible to recognize all 2200 everyday Kanji in just 110 hours! Here's how:

I. Installation

Step 1: Install ANKI (a free flashcard software that uses spaced repetition (learning in small chunks in daily intervals) to learn basically anything you want) in your Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone or Android. (http://ankisrs.net/) 

*To know everything about Anki, click HERE.

**From Japanese Level Up: Using Anki to Master Japanese

Step 2: Install the [Heisigs Remembering the Kanji 2200_Stage1_(0001-0020).apkg] Kanji flashcard set by double-clicking on the file (for TANOSHII NIHONGO course participants only)

*To download the entire 2200 Kanji flashcard deck:  https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1434761610

Step 3: Click the installed [Heisigs Remembering the Kanji 2200_Stage1_(0001-0020)], then click the [Study Now] button.


II. How to study a Kanji flashcard you see for the 1st time:

Step 1: Prepare your notebook, pencil and eraser.

Step 2: Before studying a group, write down your [Start time: ___:___] in your notebook. Try to finish 5 Kanji in 30 minutes or less.

Step 3: Look at the English keyword that appears in the center of the flashcard.

Step 4: Press the spacebar, and look at the Kanji. Read the [Imagine:] story at the bottom, and VISUALIZE the character based on the [Imagine:] story.

Step 5: Look at the writing strokes, and practice writing the character in your notebook 10 times or more.

Step 6: At the bottom of the flashcard, choose one word to remember from the On-Yomi (Chinese reading of the Kanji),Kun-Yomi (Japanese reading of the Kanji) or Examples.

Step 7: If the flashcard was difficult for you to remember/understand, click [1] ([Again]). Otherwise, click [spacebar] ([Good]) or [3] ([Easy]). *When it is repeated again in a few minutes, even if you get it wrong again, hit [spacebar] or [3].

Step 8: Go to the next English keyword/flashcard.

Step 9: After 5 Kanji, write down your [End time: ___:___] in your notebook. Make sure that you finished 5 Kanji in 30 minutes or less.

III. How to review Kanji flashcards you already studied:

Step 1: See English keyword.

Step 2: Try to write out the kanji by hand, mind, or finger.

Step 3: Hit enter, see if you were correct.

Step 4: If you were wrong, hit [1] (when it is repeated again in a few minutes, even if you get it wrong again, hit [spacebar] or [3])

Step 5: If you were right, hit [spacebar]/[3] (you can give yourself some leniency if you miss a tiny stroke)

Step 6: Go to next English keyword


IV. Going to the next Kanji Stage:

After each stage of 20 Kanji, take the [MASTERY TEST: Kanji] series. If you pass the test, you will receive the next 20 Kanji flashcards for your daily Anki study.

After just 10 stages, you can now recognize 200 Kanji! It's that easy! Enjoy the process, DO YOUR ANKI REVIEWS DAILY (no matter how short), and USE YOUR IMAGINATION! がんばってくださいね!


地道を超える魔法などない。 (Jimichi wo koeru mahou nado nai.) /

"There is no magic greater than persistent effort." 佐渡島庸平、マンガ編集者