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How to learn 2000 kanji in 3 months

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Kanji kanji...hic, I'm really tired to study Kanji. Can u guys recommend me some ways to learn 2000 kanji in 3 months?
 

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Why three months?

Why 2000?

Are you also learning the Japanese language?

What do you mean by "learn" kanji? What do you need to know? Meaning? Readings? Compounds?
 

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"Remembering the Kanji" by Heisig is OK. Uses stories, and is fairly digestible. It's probably your best chance.

Flash cards did nothing for me. We're not computers, we can't just remember words by looking at them and storing them like a database. I used to use anki, and the same flash card would come up 20 times and I still couldn't remember it.
 

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Looks like we're more interested in this topic than the OP... she hasn't logged on since she posted the question last week.
 

Mike Cash

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Looks like we're more interested in this topic than the OP... she hasn't logged on since she posted the question last week.

But maybe she has learned 167 kanji in the meantime and doesn't need us anyway....
 

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I don't know if it's possible to learn 2000 kanji in 3 months, but it's possible to learn kanji quickly if you use spaced recognition. Anki is the best software to use for this method.
 

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I don't know if it's possible to learn 2000 kanji in 3 months, but it's possible to learn kanji quickly if you use spaced recognition. Anki is the best software to use for this method.

Just for contrast, I found spaced learning to be the least effective method. I'd get shown the same card 20 times in a row, and it'd be forgotten by tomorrow. Heisig worked because it "glued" the kanji together memory-wise.
 

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Just for contrast, I found spaced learning to be the least effective method. I'd get shown the same card 20 times in a row, and it'd be forgotten by tomorrow. Heisig worked because it "glued" the kanji together memory-wise.

Were you just looking at the cards or were you writing them?

Were you learning them in isolation or in context?
 

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Were you just looking at the cards or were you writing them?

Were you learning them in isolation or in context?

Looking at them, and in isolation. This is part of the reason the Heisig method helped, in that the characters didn't feel isolated, they were tied together.

The only time I've ever "written" kanji has been writing LINE messages (which is actually hiragana-based look-and-select), or slowly tracing my address and katakana name onto financial documents. But I do agree it would help to remember them by writing, even if you'd rarely write them outright in real life.
 
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Writing is essential. I use a few sets of flash cards (daily, weekly, monthly, "right now"), take the top three from "right now", and use some or all of them in a sentence. Then I put them in one of the sets based on how well I know it, or if I wasn't able to write it without help at all I put it back into the "now" set. It works well for me, and in fact I'm out of "daily" kanji... haven't had a chance to add more yet.
 

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Kanji kanji...hic, I'm really tired to study Kanji. Can u guys recommend me some ways to learn 2000 kanji in 3 months?
download an app like Anki (free on android, use the web version on iphone www.anki.net) I was able to learn them all in 5 months with anki (including stroke order and reading) you may be faster cause I didn't learn consistently every day. oh and a tip from me do NOT learn the readings of single Kanji. I know everyone is saying to learn them but don't. What you need to know are the words not the on and kun readings. learn that 誕生日 is read tanjoubi and you will automatically notice how 日 has the reading bi here and 生 the reading jou. No need to look at the readings beforehand, just learn the words and you're good to go because you'll automatically learn the readings too. Good luck!
 
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