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Peter
Learning Kanji and the spoken language at the same time? So I'm learning through Memrise and I'm doing reasonably well when it comes to speaking and listening (at the current level, not in general) but when it comes to the kanji I struggle to remember what the kanji sounds like or what word it goes with. Would I do better to learn the spoken language first and come back to kanji once I know more, or should I try and continue to learn the kanji at the same time as the spoken sounds?
May 14, 2019 5:16 PM
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Should I start practising writing the kanji as well as just how they look?
May 15, 2019
Learning kanji is hard at first, but in the long run both gets easier and helps you learn vocab/understand words you haven’t learned yet. Spoken language is easier in the long run if you understand how the word are constructed, IMO. I’d recommend Skritter or Memrise or other spaces repetition apps if you’re having trouble. 
May 14, 2019
I'm sorry for being pedantic, just wanted to point out that in Eduardo Torres's comment, it should be "kyou" (きょう) not "kyo"
May 14, 2019
In my experience, I found that it was useful when learning a new word, it's meaning, pronounciation and how to write it in kanji. Then I would find some words that would use the same kanji but with different pronounciations and accidentally learn different readings. For example:

今日 (kyo) (today)

土曜日 (doyoubi) (saturday)

In some cases you can find a word that has the same kanji with different readings:

日曜日 (nichiyoubi) (sunday)

So far at my early level learning pronounciation/meaning/kana has been the way to go for me. I don't know how useful this method could be at a more advanced level.

May 14, 2019
Peter
Language Skills
English, Japanese
Learning Language
Japanese