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Life in Japan: Learning Kanji

After 10 years in Japan, you’d think I’d know the 2000 main kanji, right? Well, I only know about a quarter of that. But is it really important to know kanji in Japan? How has knowing only 500 kanji affected me? Here’s my answer.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

There are three writing systems in Japan: hiragana (ひらがな), which is the main phonetic set of characters; katakana (カタカナ), which is the phonetic characters used mainly for foreign words; kanji (漢字), which is used throughout Japanese, and is taken from Chinese. It’s this last one that gives a lot of people trouble. It’s extremely important to know how to at least read kanji to be able to read a newspaper or book in Japanese.  This week’s question comes from Ellen Hawley.

I had friends who lived in Japan, and even after years reading Japanese (not the phonetic alphabets but the characters) remained a problem. Have you been able to learn enough to manage well? If not, how does that affect you?

Chinese_characters_logoI’ll begin by saying that I love kanji. It’s fascinating to me, but the biggest problem with it is that I often forget how to write them. But that’s…

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Yet another new blog

This idea has been in my mind for a while now.  I’ve wanted a blog I could write about my thoughts and opinions freely.  My current blogs are specialised, Japan photos and experiences, and being a foreign parent in Japan.  My new blog is about reading, writing and anything else I can think of.  I’m no longer restricted by a theme.  This Japan blog will be my main blog, though.  It’s my big project.  My Dad blog is more personal and smaller in scope.  But the new blog is about books, odds and ends.  Go take a look at I Read Encyclopedias for Fun.  Only one post at the moment, but it’ll grow.

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