The most difficult part of writing is “Kanji”.
Understanding Kanji and learning how to use it can be a real
headache for learners of Japanese.
You may have already painfully struggled to understand Kanji, because it must seem as a kind of “art” when you first tackle the traditional characters of Kanji writing.
Is there a better way to master Kanji with Hiragana and Katakana?
NILS students from countries that don't use Kanji start
using it after about 600 class hours (6-7 months). They use
and write a lot of various Kanji, just as students who come
from countries that use Kanji do.
Here is the result of a test that was conducted in January after students had studied Kanji for 6 months. Here, a student who came from a country that doesn’t use Kanji is marked as “A”.
While studying Japanese, participating in kanji lessons has been indispensable. Not only has it allowed me to better understand my surroundings, but it often provides me with a culture connection as well. Foreigners are usually told that kanji are extremely difficult to learn. For me though, every time I step out my door in Japan it is like a kanji practice lesson. At first, being surrounded by kanji every day did make me feel somewhat alienated. However, through my lessons and practice, I have come to understand more of the world around me. Walking down the street and being able to read signs, to grasp their meaning. It is quite gratifying. As I progress, I begin to feel more at one with my surroundings. Little by little the cultural gaps fill in and my experience here becomes that much more vivid. For that reason, I am grateful to have been provided with the kanji courses available to me.