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Learn Kanji Quickly - Level 4

by Joel R. Voss aka. Javantea
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Feb 20, 2004

Learning to read Kanji is not as difficult as it is made out to be. You just need a place to start and a daily habit of reading them. Here's a good place to start. This is the beginner level. It is beginner because it is easy and short.

Learn Days of the Week and Objects
曜日youbiDayObject
nichiSundaySun
getsuMondayMoon
kaTuesdayFire
suiWednesdayWater
mokuThursdayTree
kinFridayGold
doSaturdayEarth

Learn Numbers and Months
gatsuNumberMonth
ichi1January
ni2February
san3March
shi4April
go5May
roku6June
shichi7July
hachi8August
kyuu9September
juu10October
十一juu ichi11November
十二juu ni12December

Learn People
hito, ninperson
chichi, toufather
haha, kaamother
onnawoman
otokoman
tomo, yuufriend
kochild

Learn Directions
kanjihiraganaDirection
ueup
shitadown
hidarileft
migiright
higashieast
西nishiwest
minamisouth
kitanorth

Learn Adjectives
kanjihiraganaadjective
gai, sotoforeign, outside
taka(i)tall
chii(sai)small
nakacenter
ou(kii)big
naga(i)long
hanhalf
bun, wapart, understand
shiro(i)white

Learn Nouns
kanjihiragananoun
naname
kouschool
sei, i(kiru)life
yamamountain
kawariver
tenheaven
amerain
denelectricity
ki, ikispirit, energy
kurumacar
kunicountry
enmoney
kakudocument

Learn Verbs
kanjihiraganaverb
gaku, mana(bu)learn
hanashi, wastory
kikulisten
taberueat
yomuread
kurucome
mirushow
ikugo
derugo, appear, leave
iru, hairuenter, go in

Learn Questions
nan, nani, kaWhat?
何故naze(adv) (uk) why; how;
如何してdoushitewhy?
何処dokowhere?
darewho?

Kanji is said differently depending on its usage. Sun can be nichi and hi (bi). This makes sense because we say mai nichi "everday", and you bi "day". This seperates the two usages for the same concept. Thus hiragana (actual speech) can specify usage and kanji can specify concept.