Drill and learn the Japanese kanji!
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Drill the Japanese kanji (jouyou kanji order)
Reading actual texts is by far the best way to learn the written language,
but flashcard programs have always been useful tools.
This program can help you get a sense of how much you already know, brush up on your Japanese, and prepare for a test.
We also believe that a certain amount of rote learning is a necessity when it comes to studying the kanji.
This program was thus conceived as a reviewing tool or a drill tool.
It is designed for students who have already started to learn Japanese. It is therefore assumed that you can read katakana and hiragana signs.
It is also assumed that since you are studying Japanese, you have installed a Japanese font on your computer. This program does not come with its own font. It will try to use the available Japanese font on your computer.
If your computer still does not display Japanese characters, click on the following link: "How to display Japanese".
You can drill yourself on sets of 60 cards, after customizing the appearance
of the cards depending on the focus of your study.
You can toggle the visibility of items on the cards by clicking on the various panels. You can for example hide the meanings and examples, and flip through the set, making sure you know them all. Buttons let you move forward and backward through a "stack" of cards, but using the arrow keys on your keyboard will be less tedious.
The kanji follow the order of the list of 1945 kanji established in 1981 by the Japanese Ministry of Education (Jouyou Kanji).
A text box lets you jump to any card by number within the present set. Type a number in the text box and press the return key on your keyboard, or click on the button "Go to" to jump to any card in the set. To move to another set, click into the blue table at the top of the page. It will load a new set of 60 kanji (20 k) but will not download the applet again. It should therefore be very quick.
As is customary, the On reading (the Chinese reading later referred to as on-yomi) is given in katakana and the Kun reading (the Japanese reading later referred to as kun-yomi) in hiragana. If a kanji is a verb stem, the inflectional endings (usually written in hiragana after the kanji) are shown in parenthesis. A kanji may have many meanings or interpretations. Only the most common meanings are shown. One to three examples are given for each kanji. These examples can be either common compounds or common expressions. We limited ourselves to frequent compounds or uses of the kanji, which explains the blanks.
On-yomi, kun-yomi and meaning drills:
Click on the tabs marked On-yomi, Kun-yomi and Meaning in order to choose
the type of drill.
You will be presented with a set of 5 kanji. Click the kanji whose on-yomi, kun-yomi or meaning matches the one displayed underneath.
You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move to the next card.
After clicking on a kanji, whether your choice is right or wrong, you will have the possibility to have a look at the corresponding card by pressing the space bar. Press again the spacebar to return to your test. (toggle) .
This is a drill, not a grading test, and "cheating" by looking at the card is a good way to learn.
The "rules of the game"
The Japanese writing system is complex. As you know, Kanji have one or several on-yomi (or sometimes none), one or several kun-yomi (or none), and many share the same On or Kun readings.
Since we keep a score, we had to define some rules.
The report will display the date, the kanji range tested and your scores.
For security reasons, a Java applet is not allowed to read or write a file on your hard disk. Therefore, you will have to select the text with the mouse, copy it by using the keyboard shortcuts (the save command of your browser has no effect on a Java applet), and paste it in a text editor.
Its purpose is to help you keep track of your progress.
When you go through the tests, the program memorizes the wrong choices and the kanji you should have chosen. You will find here the cards of the kanji you should concentrate on. The behavior of the cards is the same as in the Review stack : you will be able to hide or display the meanings and examples by clicking on the panels (toggle).
Project design and development: Roger Meyer
, Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo
Proofreading of the Japanese data: Akemi Sano, Keiko Higuchi
Vietnamese translation: Huy The Nguyen, Cuong Pham, Nguyễn Tuấn Cường
Your comments will be appreciated: email@example.com
An on-line Java flashcard program for studying and testing on kanji, including reading (on-yomi, kun-yomi) and meaning tests. Home: http://www.japanese-kanji.com