- 10 Nov 2015
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So, so far I've been trying and writing as part of learning kanji / Japanese. They say it's useful for memorizing kanji. Today, when looking up some word / kanji on jisho.org, I saw some note "wanikani #10" or so. I went to this site, and they say (WaniKani — Log in
To sum up, at which points specifically is it important to learn writing? If I learn how to type it, and if instead of spending time on learning how to write I spend it on other things like reading or other, what do I lose? Is it not faster to omit writing? Is it rational to write 土曜日 not type? I had been spending some days without training vocabulary and recently I stopped studying book to make up for vocabulary. I use Anki programme for this purpose.Will I learn to handwrite kanji and vocabulary with WaniKani?
We don’t require or encourage any focus on handwriting. Although handwriting is fine and dandy, and does help some people with memory and retention, we don’t believe that it is necessary. The pros of dropping it outweigh the cons.
First, all that time you spend on learning to handwrite (it doubles or triples the time you spend on each kanji) could be spent learning to read double or triple the amount of kanji and vocabulary. That’s very valuable time.
Second, people don’t write by hand much anymore. We would say it’s good to come back around and learn to handwrite after you’ve learned how to read the kanji, but it’s not a big priority until then. Ninety-nine percent of your interactions with kanji will be reading or typing, not handwriting. Hence, writing by hand is put on the back burner.
You can feel free to study writing if you like, but it will slow you down on WaniKani, prevent you from reading Japanese sooner, and make your hand get all crampy.
Why don’t you provide stroke orders?
We want people to think in terms of radicals, not strokes. Also, we don’t cover handwriting. Therefore, stroke order guides actually get in the way of learning in this case. We want to get rid of anything that might make someone think of the kanji as a set of individual strokes, instead of a few convenient radicals.
Plus, kanji stroke order is better learned by utilizing a set of standard rules that you can apply to all kanji.