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ReadWrite Kanji

 

 
 
 

ReadWrite Kanji - Screenshots & Features    (What is kanji?)

Learn to read and write over 1900 Kanji characters 


Main Page

The Main Page displays the kanji currently in Learning List - the subset of the total 1945 kanji that are current being learned.

  • The Learning List Status windows displays the Learning List statistics including the number of kanji successfully learned.

By clicking on an individual kanji in the Learning List a summary of its meaning and pronunciations is displayed in the Selected Word Details window. See the "Selected Kanji Details" screenshot to the right.

The Main Page also provides access to:

  • the Learning List Manager;

  • the Kanji Review Window;

  • the six exercise; and

  • the Stroke Order Window.

Interactive help is also displayed based on the position of the mouse. Further help is available by clicking the "Help" button.

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In addition to kanji details, the "Selected Kanji Details" display also shows the number of times each of the exercises need to be correctly completed in order to graduate off the Learning List.

 
 
 

Kanji Learning List Review

The Kanji Learning List Review windows displays all the details of each kanji currently in the Learning List. Details include:

  • The Stroke Order of the kanji with animation;

  • The kanji's meanings;

  • The kanji's ON pronunciation;

  • The kanji's KUN pronunciation; and

  • Up to five examples of the use of each kanji.

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Kanji Meaning MultiChoice

After reviewing the Learning List, the kanji are testing through a series of exercises. Only after each exercise is completed correctly for a kanji does it graduate off the learning list and is replaced by the next kanji.

The Kanji Multiple Choice Exercise - select the meaning corresponding to the kanji displayed.

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ON Pronunciation MultiChoice

The ON Pronunciation Multiple Choice Exercise - select the ON pronunciation corresponding to the displayed kanji.

The ON pronunciation choices can also be displayed using romaji as an option.
 

What are ON pronunciations?

In Japanese there are generally more than one pronunciation of a kanji. The ON pronunciation (onyomi) is taken from the Chinese pronunciation and the KUN pronunciation (kunyomi) which is derived from the indigenous Japanese pronunciation of the same word/meaning.

Most kanji compounds (words made up of two or more kanji) are built up from the the individual kanji onyomi. For example:

  自動車
     
    The onyomi: zi-dou-sha combine to mean car or automobile

- zi meaning self
- dou meaning move
- sha meaning vehicle or cart

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KUN Pronunciation MultiChoice

The KUN Pronunciation Multiple Choice Exercise - select the ON pronunciation corresponding to the displayed kanji.  

The KUN pronunciation choices can also be displayed using romaji as an option.



What are KUN pronunciations?

In Japanese there is generally more than one pronunciation of a kanji. The ON pronunciation (onyomi) is taken from the Chinese pronunciation and the KUN pronunciation (kunyomi) which is derived from the indigenous Japanese pronunciation of the same word/meaning. When the kunyomi pronunciation is used the kanji usually stands alone and is not part of a compound. For example:

- hito meaning person
- tori meaning bird
- yumi meaning dream


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Grid Search Exercise

The Grid Search Exercise - select the correct kanji corresponding to the displayed meaning, ON or KUN pronunciation. 

The pronunciation choices can also be displayed using romaji as an option.

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Stroke Order Exercise

The Stroke Order Exercise - use the mouse to select the start of the stroke in the order in which they are draw.

NOTE: Only the start of each stroke should be clicked.

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Radicals Exercise

The Radicals Exercise - select the radical corresponding to the displayed kanji.

 

What are kanji radicals?

All kanji contain a classifying radical that is a component of the kanji. Often the radical imparts meaning to the kanji - for example the radical for hand 扌 appears in both of the kanji for grasp (把持). Recognizing a kanji's radical often helps in memorizing or deciphering the meaning of the kanji.

Most kanji dictionaries classify kanji according to their radicals. Therefore recognizing the radial of an unknown kanji helps with looking it up in a dictionary.

Japanese kanji has 214 different radicals (the Bushu index).


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Exercise Options

The Learning List Manager allows words to be moved on and off the Learning List.

By moving words on and off the Learning List the size of the Learning List can be permanently changed.

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Learning List Manager

The Learning List Manager allows words to be moved on and off the Learning List.

By moving words on and off the Learning List the size of the Learning List can be permanently changed.

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