Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 1)

Written by Stephen Munday

What? Kanji can be learned quickly? This seems an impossible dream to many students of Japanese who come from a non-kanji language culture. Even hiragana and katakana seem impossibly hard torepparttar average beginner, so remembering kanji, with all their intricate strokes and multiple readings, can appear to be beyondrepparttar 146402 abilities ofrepparttar 146403 human mind.

But don’t give up hope just yet! There are tools that can transform you from a kanji klutz to a veritable genius. That does not mean that it will take no work, sweat or tears. (I would be lying if I told you it would completely pain-free.) But you can gain a good grasp of kanji with a lot less these than you would think.

So let’s look at two approaches that can have you gobbling up kanji like there is no tomorrow. In Part 1, I will talk you through mnemonic methods, and then in Part 2 I will focus on methods that can benefit visual learners.

Mnemonic Methods

“Mnemonic” simply means a device, formula or rhyme used to assist memorization. An example of a mnemonic embedded in my mind from childhood is “Never Eat Shredded Wheat”. As a rhyme it has nothing to do with navigation or geography, but it helped me learnrepparttar 146404 points ofrepparttar 146405 compass.

So let’s have a look atrepparttar 146406 mnemonic approaches that can speed-up kanji learning.

James Heisig's Rememberingrepparttar 146407 Kanji Series

Heisig's mnemonic-based approach is not only famous forrepparttar 146408 claims its practitioners have made of rapid kanji assimilation (1,000 kanji in 29 days, for example), but also forrepparttar 146409 critical flack it has attracted from traditionalists.

Undoubtedly,repparttar 146410 method has flaws: The student being encouraged to associate a single, very narrow and sometimes non-standard meaning with a particular kanji being a major one. However,repparttar 146411 fact that Heisig's approach is geared to Westerners also has advantages: Focusing onrepparttar 146412 meaning beforerepparttar 146413 pronunciation is of more practical value torepparttar 146414 adult Western student, since while meaning isrepparttar 146415 key to understanding,repparttar 146416 pronunciation ofrepparttar 146417 kanji is of little value unless reading aloud.

I came to this approach late, having usedrepparttar 146418 good ol' rote memorization and drilling method of most traditional textbooks, so it has not been such a boon to me as it would be to someone starting from scratch. However, while using a computer to write Japanese at work has made my mind lazy when it comes to writing, Heisig's method keepsrepparttar 146419 shape ofrepparttar 146420 kanji right in front of me when I do pick up pen and paper. And I am hoping to use book 3 to go well beyondrepparttar 146421 standard 1,945 character kanji set inrepparttar 146422 future - something I would not even consider attempting without using this technique.

Homeschool Schedule

Written by Mary Joyce

When you are ready to sit down and ponder and map out your home school schedule forrepparttar upcoming academic year. A good calendar is an ingredient not to be forgotten as part of your overall homeschool schedule and homeschool lesson plan.

Since you will be homeschooling your child, careful thought needs to be given not only to your home school schedule, but your family schedule will need to be integrated intorepparttar 146272 mix as well. Also make sure that your lesson plan coincides well with your educational calendar. After taking a high level look at your home school calendar integrated with your family calendar, you may decide thatrepparttar 146273 traditional school year calendar of end of summer through early spring may not berepparttar 146274 most advantageous. Alsorepparttar 146275 homeschool day does not necessarily need to start say at 8am. There is no stringent time schedule that you must adhere to as isrepparttar 146276 case in public schools.

As with your home school lesson planning, your scheduling should take into careful consideration your child’s learning style and determine what will work best. As a homeschooling family, you haverepparttar 146277 option of planning trips at other times ofrepparttar 146278 year when for example, air fare is cheaper andrepparttar 146279 lines are shorter! If vacations aren’t a part of your plans, there are probably other reasons (such as birthdays) for tailor making your own home school calendar.

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