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    Andrew Cho

    So im now on lesson 6. But the problem is that when i dont see them i forget how the kanji looks like.
    Which means i will have to search on the internet to find the right kanji each time. ( Many times)
    So i was wondering if theres any good way of memorizing?



    The kanji section here is incomplete. There are much better alternatives.

    1) WaniKani
    This is another site run by koichi. It focuses soley on kanji and vocab. The first two levels are free, but after that it will require a paid subscription.

    2) Remembering the Kanji
    This is a popular method that has worked wonders for people. You can either use the book by itself or together with the website http://kanji.koohii.com/

    3) The traditional way Japanese kids learn
    This is going in order of kanji taught in grades 1 to 6 in elementary school, and then the remainder in high school. These lists are everywhere on the net.

    Experiment and see what works for you.



    Use the kanji,

    Do reading and writing that uses the kanji.

    Even using a method such as spaced repetition will not make kanji stay in your brain, you need to use them, regularly to make them stick.

    Make up sentences that use the kanji and the grammar you have learnt.

    Write them read them etc.



    I agree. Even if you’re typing them up, it helps a lot. I think you should be at the part where Koichi gets you to use lang-8. Make sure you add as many Kanji as you can to your posts.

    I would suggest that you physically write out each Kanji you learn. If you don’t want to learn how to write them properly, don’t worry about stroke order, just try to piece them together with the radicals so your brain holds on to them better. If you want to learn how to write properly, there are a ton of sites and phone apps that will show you how.

    I would also suggest that you create a master list of your Kanji in an excel file. Each time you learn new ones, slot them in, that way you have them saved for easy reference.

    You can also open Anki and click on Browse at the top, select your Kanji deck, and skim through it for the Kanji you’re after.



    I’m not sure if I understand you right but I think it is okay to forget how they seems as long as you can recall them when you see them. You only have to remember how they seems when writing them in hand.
    Read this article to get what I mean.

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