Welcome to the Kanji Lessons!

Kanji

In This Kanji section, you’ll learn 5 kanji on each page x 30 sessions. By completing all of this Kanji lessons (150 Kanji in total), you’ll be ready to get full mark on JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N5 Kanji section as well!

Here is what you’re going to learn!

  • How to write (stroke order) with animation
  • How to read Kanji in a word
  • Meaning of each Kanji
  • How to use Kanji in sentences
  • Audio for Kanji sample sentences

You’re going to learn with the most concise yet the most comprehensive Kanji lesson!

Please note that you need to learn Hiragana and Katakana before moving to this Kanji lesson!

What is Kanji?

What is kanji

Kanji was originally introduced from China around 300 AC, even before Japanese original letters Hiragana and Katakana were invented. Around that time China was under the control of Han Dynasty, and people there were called “漢族”―Han People, and they were using 漢語-Han language.

The Japanese imported their language and started to use their 漢語 letters. Japanese call it 漢字 -Kanji. (字 -“ji” means letters).

Kanji is an ideograph meaning that the whole character conveys a meaning rather than just a sound (as in the case of hiragana and katakana letters). Kanji was originally drawn as pictures from nature but it gradually transformed to more generalized representations

What are the differences between Chinese and Kanji?

As mentioned earlier, Kanji’s origin is Chinese; and Chinese is an ideogram. Therefore, each Kanji letter shares its meaning with its corresponding Chinese letter.

Roughly, there are two types of Chinese writing, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Generally, mainland China uses the former, while Taiwan uses the latter. Japanese Kanji has more resemblance to the Traditional Chinese, this is because Traditional Chinese was the one that had been introduced to Japan long before it took a simplified form.

e.g. “language” 语 → Used in China (Simplified Chinese)
語 → used in Taiwan and Japan (Traditional Chinese / Kanji)

How to write Kanji?

Basically the stroke order of Kanji is

1. Horizontal line, left to right
2. Vertical line, top to bottom (Of course, there are some exceptions)

Also, following aspects make Kanji look more accurate. So please pay attention these.

tome  Tome → Complete stop

 Harai → Gradually release the pen pressure towards the end

 Hane → after short stop, reverse its direction, and release the pen pressure

 

Ok! That’s all for the introduction  🙂

 

Next: Kanji -Chapter 1

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