Practicing The Radicals

Practice makes for getting better, or something like that, so you’re going to spend a little time drilling these radicals. The better you know them, the easier your life will be later on. In the long run? You’ll end up learning kanji a lot, lot faster.

Now, there’s a pretty good chance you actually remember a lot of the radicals from the last couple of pages, but just to make sure, here’s what you’re going to do.

  1. Download the 1-2 Stroke Radicals list for Anki.
  2. Move the files over to your Anki folder (tutorial here)
  3. You’ll need to set up your tags (tutorial here) the first time you go through it. In “Hide Cards With Any Of These Tags” select everything except tags 01 and 02. If you’re not a member, you won’t need to do this since this deck only contains 1-2 stroke radicals anyways.
  4. Go through all the 1-2 stroke radicals via your Anki decks. If you have trouble with a radical, think back to the story associated with it and try to go from there. For now, you never want to straight up memorize anything if you don’t have to. Eventually, via Anki, you’ll come to the point where you know the radicals by heart. Until then, though, use the mnemonics to your advantage!

When You Learn Kanji…

Now that you’ve learned all the 1 and 2 stroke radicals, it’s time to take a look at some kanji that utilize these 1 and 2 stroke radicals. Although the upcoming 1 and 2 stroke kanji won’t use all these radicals, you’ll see what you’ve just learned now and put it to use. Of course, since we’re learning 1 and 2 stroke kanji, you can expect that pretty much all the kanji will be the same as the radicals above. This is true, so enjoy it while you can (because the more complicated the kanji, the more radicals you’ll have to know and use). Don’t worry, though, everything builds on everything else, so as long as you know everything else, you’ll be able to learn everything. Did that make sense?

Anyways, it’s time to learn some kanji and get an idea how this kanji thing works.

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