In case you hadn't heard, the Japanese government has just made the decision to include 196* new characters in the the standard Everyday Use (常用) Kanji List. Before you go off crying about how horrible they are, however, let me tell you that this is not as bad as it sounds. Why? Because everyone uses all of these kanji anyway. The only things bound by the Joyo kanji are the government and NHK, so this will actually help
you in interacting with the real world.
"But but," you say, "how on Earth am I going to get through all these?" Simple: you're going to do 2 a day, 14 a week, for 14 weeks. With me, until early October, at which point we will dance a dance of joy and exclaim our mastery. To give you an idea of easy we will actually be taking it: I do 8 or 16 kanji a day 5 days a week now. Which is why I am only adding 2 more :D
What will be here:
- That day's kanji - radical, stroke order, meaning, all that jazz
- Jukugo - words that day's kanji appears in
- Mini-quiz - on the previous day's kanji
- Sunday every other week: One of the 7 new ateji
- Saturday: Quiz on that week's kanji
What you need to do:
- Set aside 10 minutes to read through the post.
- Take the mini-quiz (answers will be available)
- Practice that day's kanji
How much practice? Up to you. I usually do 10x for each reading and add more later for the readings that didn't stick. You can find kanji practice paper here
, or you could use graph paper, or you could make your own, or you could care less about the little boxes.
Simple! I am going to do all the prep work for you, so you just need to put it in your brain! And since there are only two a day, if you miss a day you can do 4 the next day easily.
So, if you're interested, meet me back here tomorrow for week 1! Tell all your friends! And pwn the new characters come this October :D*-ish. There are also 7 new ateji, plus several kanji with readings be added. But 5 are being deleted!