Language Study: Learning Kanji

February 3, 2011

There are many ways to approach the daunting task of learning the 2,136 joyo (常用/regular use) kanji of the Japanese language.  The first thing to remember is that this will be a process; there’s a reason why Japanese is ranked in the third and most difficult group of languages to learn (for native English speakers) […]

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Language Study: The Quest for Japanese Fluency

April 17, 2010

I am studying for the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), level N1 (formerly 1-kyu).  The JLPT is a four-hour exam on a Sunday afternoon (three hours of actual testing) consisting of three sections: kanji (Chinese characters) and vocabulary, reading and grammar, and listening.  While any language test that leaves out a […]

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