We would like to introduce you to the Japanese people, their language and their culture. Our topics follow a pattern reflecting a level of communication difficulty: from 100 for Beginners to 800 for Advanced. The 900 numbers refer to geographical and cultural information. We hope you enjoy your journey and come to love the people, the language, the country and the culture as much as we do. Enjoy yourself!
This page gives a very quick, glossy look at kanji, but doesn't teach anything more. At the end of this page there are links to other pages, which systematically take you through the first few hundred kanji. There is a very logical system behind it (which makes sense), otherwise Japanese people themselves wouldn't be able to figure it out. Imagine the New York telephone book: of course there is a logic and order behind it, but you don't have to memorise every page; you only take what you need.
This would be a depressing page for Japanese youngsters.
This is a lot friendlier for students:
This chart shows the close relationship between kanji and hiragana. Think of Hiragana as short-hand for kanji.
This is more helpful.
This too specific.
This is easier, if you know what to look for.
This is informative, if you're studying.
This is cool, if you like kanji. Irritating, if you don't.
Aha! This makes sense.
And I am lost again.
This is "be careful".
These ones are really cool to have in your bar at home!
and back to depression...
A font demonstration book.
But... have no fear! Rescue is here:(it rhymes)
There are quite a few more pages. In fact, this website covers the first 200 kanji of any learning programme. All these kanji have a pictorial origin and therefore they are easy to learn and remember. They are the earliest building blocks. Why don't you have a go yourself? Here are the three links: