My Japanese classes start on the 25th September, but until then, I have to carry my learning on in a productive way.
I figured that a good place to start would be to learn some basic kanji. In the classes, the focus will most likely be on speaking and listening, grammar rules and the like, which are best learned in a classroom setting.
So there’s the Jōyō kanji, which are the 2,136 kanji you need to be able to read most Japanese texts. That is one *scary* number. As someone at the beginning of their Japanese journey, I figured it would be best to check out the Kyōiku kanji - literally “education kanji” - which Japanese schoolchildren learn in grades 1 - 6. In Grade 1, there are 80 kanji taught over the course of the year. I decided this would be a good place to start!
I’ve written them all down in my little Japanese notebook, with both their on’yomi and kun’yomi readings in hiragana and rōmaji underneath. I’ve split them up into groups of 5, seeing as that worked so well with the hiragana and katakana. Instead of imposing time limits on my learning, I’m just going to progress to the next group when I can confidently recall the kanji and their readings without making mistakes.
I’m starting with the numbers 1 - 5, and in line with tradition, here they are:
一 二 三 四 五
This is definitely a great place to begin, no 18-stroke monsters here. Talk about easing myself in gently. ^_^