Q: I love your site and your helpful instruction Mr. Richard.
I can handle small conversation. But I still can’t read manga. I’m quite confused, which should I study next? I think I have to learn Kanji but find it quite difficult to memorize them. Can you recommend some good resources? – Sun
A: You’ve certainly made a great start!
If reading manga is the main aim you have (and that’s great if it is) then the best advice is simply to “read more manga!” The trick would be to get manga that has “furigana”, the hiragana readings of the kanji. Most managa aimed at teenagers will have it. Then when you come across a word you don’t yet know, put it in your Wordtank or electronic dictionary and test yourself on them often. It can seem like hard work (and kanji is) but after a while you’ll find yourself understanding more and more each day. The fact that you are learning new words in context, and not just a list from a textbook, will hopefully make it stick more as your brain will associate that kanji with that particular story or image. And anything you day everyday you’ll get good at.
So that’s my tip, gets lots of manga with furigana, curl up in a chair, sit down and look up all the words you don’t know as you read the manga and do it everyday!
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