How to learn Kanji

Q:  What’s the best way to learn kanji?  – from lots of different people!

A:  Here’s a video I’ve just made with some of my techniques I used to learn kanji and the other Japanese symbols.

The key is not to learn all the kanji, but to concentrate on learning how to write the first one hundred.  Then as I show in the video you find that many of the more complicated ones are simply combinations of those!

For the hiragana and katakana symbols I have games, songs and worksheets at my own site

It takes around 4 to 5 hours using the site to be able to read either katakana or hiragana.

Then for the kanji I’ve just found a great new resource which is They have some cool “kanji de manga” books where they’ve taken boring kanji worksheets and jazzed them up with manga illustrations as well as examples of real Japanese using each kanji.  Highly recommended!

be genki,


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