When I studied Japanese in Japan, I learned about 400 kanji, but I forgot most of them over time. I am re-learning everything again and my plan is now to learn all 2,000+ jōyō kanji.
I understand that it’s not going to happen over night, in a week or a couple of months. I have estimated that it will take me over two years with my routine. But first 1,000 kanji make more than 90% of all characters you will encounter in daily life and I will be at 1,000 in just over a year. Continue reading How to learn Kanji for busy people
Firefox was the last browser without native support for ruby tags that allow Yomimaru to display furigana over kanji. Since version 38, the furigana is properly displayed and the “Toggle Furigana” buttons works, too. Enjoy the reading!
There are almost no materials to read for absolute beginners. Even books for little children already expect understanding of fairly advanced grammar and quite rich vocabulary. While you might have studied for a few weeks or months now, those children have studied for years with native speakers.
Here’s a list of five websites that I’ve used in my beginnings. They contain JLPT N5, N4 and N3 reading materials.
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The language of computers used to be English. Support for other languages was added over time. Until recently, it wasn’t easy to display many of the national alphabets and scripts. East Asian languages have been supported for some time already, but furigana was added only recently.
Right now, in April 2015, most modern browsers support furigana using something called ruby annotations. If it works in your browser, you should see it here: 漢字. The only browser still lacking this functionality is Firefox. However support for ruby will be added in version 38 that will be released soon.
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