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Posted 1/31/13
i'm basically having a hard time learning kanji's at the moment, but at least i learned the japanese words. lol
Posted 2/1/13
It's very easy
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Posted 4/28/13
I use an app on my Iphone 3G, JPLT thing and it's free. Before using it, I used to have a notebook that I wrote all kanjis I saw in my textbook, but then realized it didn't work well since I couldn't remember the words didn't draw my attention, (for example like mathematics word, garden word etc. ) then I started to use that app, I started to draw the every kanji I saw on the screen in my mind, I know it's not a big achievement enough, almost 60 kanjis there (before using it, I learned many words from my textbook but I could only recognize them when I saw them without remembering how to read.) but at least when I want to write something, I remember those words and how to read, how to write. I advise it. As Japanese is just a hobby to me, I've learned this much in some months. But if you try harder, of course, you learn more.
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Posted 4/30/13
Personally, I've found it easiest to learn the kanji first. You're going to need them for the vocabulary anyway, so sooner you learn them the better. In most cases that has worked for me, though there have been a few that I kept mixing up (姉妹; 千午; 時待) until I learned a few vocabulary words to differentiate them.

As for the learning order? I don't pay much attention to that. I just note down the unknown kanji that I happen to encounter and then learn the ones that I've seen most frequently..
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Posted 4/30/13
Hi,

I'm studying Japanese for some years now. The books that are quite useful to learn are みんなの日本語初級1漢字 (if you use minna no hinongo as a regular learning book). Also げんき or Basic Kanji 1 are quite useful.
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Posted 7/28/13
Once you are done with all the basic/Joyo kanji, and you want to take it further by studying for the JLPT, the Kanzen Master series is a good tool. I use the books for grammar and Kanji.
It helps to learn kanji in context, instead of just rote memorization. I would suggest learning it in a sentence so you also know how it is used. Another benefit to this is you also get to practice your grammar patterns. Good luck
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Posted 10/15/13
Another thing to keep them in your head, reading.

Yonkoma manga are great for beginners, like Azumanga Daiou
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Posted 12/3/13
I liked James Heisig remembering the kanji. I have a hard time going back to review it now though since it teaches no japanese and I would rather spend more time on japanese. My knowledge of kanji is ok... except the pronunciations which the book doesn't cover anyway. But it was a great help at first.
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