Don’t Fear the Kanji

So, you start off wanting to learn Japanese for any number of reasons. Mine was culture and travel. Yours might be anime or movies. “How hard can it be?” you ask yourself. “It’s now almost all English words in katakana and a few connecting Japanese words, right? I can do this in 10 days, like this book ‘Learn Japanese in 10 Days’ says I can!” Photo via Good Free Photos The thing is, a lot of Japanese schools will not attempt to tell you any different. In fact, they treat kanji carefully around their beginner students, like they will render these 外国人students weak and helpless, like kryptonite. Teachers create the… Read More

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