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Kanji Writings and Readings


27 Jun 2015
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This is my first post, so I'll just quickly introduce myself...
My name is Ciara and I'm a 13 year old girl. I started learning Japanese about two months ago. So, my question...
I've heard from many people that it is easier to learn the kanji meanings and writings separately from the readings. The only things is, how would I learn vocabulary for practicing speaking? Obviously, it's not enough to just be able to read and write the language - I need to speak it too. But if I'm learning the readings separately, when do I learn vocab? Any advice is appreciated ^-^

Mike Cash

15 Mar 2002
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Hello Clara.

You need to get a good textbook that will teach you Japanese in a comprehensive way...covering grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, etc. all together. There is no need to attempt to learn kanji meanings and/or readings separately before you start learning the language. Get a good proper textbook (not a references book) and start working your way through it from Chapter 1, making sure to carefully read the introduction first.
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