Session:Japanese (Reading) Beginner to Expert

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Description An overview to writing and studying Japanese from zero to native comprehension.
Type Workshop
Kids session No
Keyword(s) art
Tags Japanese, Language, Study, Asia, Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, Write, Read
Processing assembly Assembly:Curry Club Augsburg
Person organizing Taulex
Language en - English
en - English
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Starts at 2019/12/27 12:30
Ends at 2019/12/27 14:00
Duration 90 minutes
Location Room:Seminar room 14-15

This is for everyone eager to get started in Japanese reading and writing or get a few ideas on how to improve.

No knowledge of Japanese required, we will start from scratch. Please bring a pen and some paper to try some writing.

What we'll discuss:

  • What Japanese writing is made up of und which symbols are used for what purposes.
  • The most basic Japanese symbols, Hiragana and Katakana and try writing a few ourselves while also experiencing the ridiculously simple pronunciation. With that we can already read our first few words.
  • How to study Japanese in general
  • Why adults have a hard time reading texts made for children and why Japanese writing is a huge mess
  • The next step would be studying around 2000 Kanji, but we will just try writing a few, talk about the wacky world of reading Japanese texts with Kanji and how they are a complete mess and close the Workshop with looking at a method to get them into your head within half a year. The presented method for studying Kanji will be the Heisig method using koohii and Anki for best results in properly understanding the Kanji.

After this course and a few more minutes-hours of studying you will be ready to read a few easy Japanese children's books.

Useful stuff:

  • search for "Hiragana Chart" or "Katakana Chart" or "Hiragana chart stroke order" or "Katakana chart stroke order" to get all sorts of useful charts
  • Recommended Textbooks for studying Japanese: "Genki I" and "Genki II"
  • a detailed explanation of the Heisig method to study all the Kanji and an introduction to using Anki to do that. There is also a deck there to download with the best koohii stories up to 2015, but it needs some adjustments to be really useful:
  • Anki's website: for Android look for AnkiDroid and for iOS look for AnkiMobile (or something like that)
  • Kanji deck from above post from
  • -UPDATED AGAIN- Kanji deck from NihongoShark with adjustments as I would study them (only meaning to Kanji, no information that is too much):
  • the koohii Community: (<- not a page I used or visit, but that's where the stories are from for the deck)

If anything you wanted to see here is missing, write me an e-mail:

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