Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rekindling Japanese

I learned the Japanese language more than 18 years ago when I started working with a Japanese multinational. I suddenly have the urge to rekindle my relationship with it. I also read that if you want to learn Japanese writing, start with hiragana and katakana, then kanji. Hiragana and katakana are simpler than kanji, and have only 46 characters each. I’m looking forward to reacquaint myself with the characters, and hopefully one day, master kanji.  

I have found what I think to be the perfect learning resources for mastering kanji. Check it out at About.com by clicking here. I’m going to be doing what the Japanese school children are going through from grades one to six, and that is by studying the 1006 'Education Kanji' characters. What’s awesome about it is I will be systematically going through the grades; for example, master the 80 characters in grade 1 (see pic) and then move on to grade 2 and so on. Each character is explained in an in-depth lesson that will break it down and explain how to write it. The best part is, it’s FREE!


So yes, I will be studying both Japanese (less intensively) and French (more rigorously) at the same time. Since I’m not looking towards mastery like how it is for Italian, I’m not too worried about over-committing or doing a terrible job at those languages.

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