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…

Every Healthy Cut

This post covers memorization tricks for healthy energy, I couldn’t remember the first kanji for healthy energy in today’s practice, so I need to do a quick revisit. I think the memorization trick is still good, I just didn’t remember the trick since I ran into the other healthy 丈夫 (じょうぶ) and it threw me off….

The Vocal Corpse Scholar

This post ended up covering voice, to wash, window, and opposite. I’ve been struggling for some time to remember the kanji for voice. Somewhere, I read a suggestion to think of it as a picture of a voice box and vocal chords, but I either mess up the top half or forget that extra line…

Cats and Birds Oh My!

This post covers the kanji for cat and bird. Cat – ねこ Radical: dog 犭 Not sure how much help that radical is going to be, but the kanji does look a bit like a cat. I tried to make up a story about a cat in a rice field, but can’t find the radical that makes…

Elle Woods is Helping me Learn Kanji

This post covers the kanji for swim, flower, thing, long, garden, and healthy. Random, I know, but I’m using the kanjisenpai app to give me the new kanji and only writing details about new ones or ones I’ve struggled with. This whole 60 day 2000 kanji thing was unrealistic. I’m barely able to keep up with…

Learning Kanji in 3 Months

I found an article with tips for learning the main 2000 kanji in 3 months. I’ll admit I’m skeptical. I’ve studied Japanese for… 7+ years on and off though high school, college, study abroad, and through smartphone apps. Starting over, not being able to use it frequently, life, etc. has kept me from ever reaching…