Silky Cow’s Milk

  Cow’s Milk – ぎゅうにゅう   Radicals: cow 牛, second 乛 (乙, ⺄, 乚) I’ve already learned the kanjji for cow from the radicals. The second kanji is made with claw 爪 (爫) + child, seed 子 + second (乚). The second kanji by itself means milk or breasts. The right side looks like an utter to me, probably because I learned…

Expensive Outside Pictures

This post covers the radical for winter (text only), I reviewed some of the kanji in the index. Technically, I missed 降る (precipitation) but I remembered all of the pieces, I just missed a stroke in the radical for winter 冬 (夂). There’s not much I can say to remember this one since it’s essentially it’s…

Time After Time

So I don’t know how your studies are going, but I’ve realized one thing about study apps and tapes. They all suggest there’s a magic number of study time that will teach you a language. Not so much. As beneficial as it is to have a 10 min. goal, any amount of study time is…

Rice Paddy, I Wanna Be Famous

Okay, so for some reason kanjisenpai is no longer allowing me to see the character to trace during the learning phase. Either that or it decided that I should know these characters by now. *shifty eyes* I’ve taken screenshots of what it looks like after I click the question mark and have the app draw…

Revisiting A Fast Cold Last Year

I’ve neglected my studies for over a week. 😦 As with anything, I’ve lost some of my vocabulary. Excuse me while I scream into a pillow. In this post, I’m reviewing some kanji I missed during my 10 min. of kanjisenpai. Last Year – きょねん radicals: private 厶, pestle 干 I know the second character from school but…

What’s the Difference Between Uncle Oji and Uncle Oji?

So there are at least two kaji for the “o” part of oji (uncle). As far as kanjisenpai is concerned, they are the same thing. I took screenshots because I learned one by rote memorization but now the other one is totally screwing me up. So what’s the difference? Well, according to jisho.org there’s different…

Post Review Mistakes – Dangerous Autumn Street

I’m in a good place on kanjisenpai, but when reviewing the kanji I’ve detailed out on the blog (quizzing myself from the index page), I missed a curl here or an extra line there. This post is going to repeat the radicals and initial memorization with extended tricks for the specific areas I’ve gotten wrong….

After Tomorrow, Sell Sometimes

This post covers to sell, sometimes, tomorrow, and after. Sell – うる Radical: scholar 士 Like 声 (voice), the radical is scholar/bachelor, which has a shorter base than top line. Parts: scholar 士 + cover 冖 + legs 儿 I’ve memorized this one before, but missed it on the last round of review. It’s having trouble sticking in my brain instead…

Push, Writing, Precipitate

Just a couple more I’m having trouble learning. Push/press/stamp, Push, press, stamp – おす Radical: hand 扌 Memorization trick: press the stamp down with your hand. Writing n. (an essay, prose) – さくぶん Radicals: man 亻, script 文 The first kanji is 作る, to make. That one I’ve already learned. The second one is its own radical so that one may…

Cold Fall Tea, Narrow

  Tea – おちゃ Radical: grass 艹 Parts: grass 艹 + line 个 + tree 木 Memorization trick: tea is made of leaves, not grass per se, but let’s face it, some of them taste like it. The bottom half looks like a house shaped diffuser. Cold – つめたい Radical: ice 冫 So the typed version and the strokes look a bit…

Midnight Randomness

So I don’t have many readers, but this is still turning out to be a great way to self-study. I just have to say, I’m at 50%! I’ve mastered 50% of the kanji for the N5 and am well on my way to being able to take the test in December. This post covers dangerous,…

Come Home – Vicinity

This post covers “to return home” and “nearby vicinity” Come Home, Return Home – かえる Radical: knife, sword 刀 (刂) Parts: sword variant 刂, backwards E that doesn’t seem to have it’s own meaning, scarf 巾 Memorization trick: I come home to find Jessica playing with a sword, my Ebooks turned the wrong way ’round and my scarves hanging from…