On the forums, people always seem to say, the best way to learn kanji is in context.
So how about we add some context?
By that, I mean, let’s create a visual dictionary. Each image should contain an example of the kanji/vocab in context. What do I mean by that? Well, there are a lot of kanji you’re bound to see in use in Japan. Buildings, roads, signs, posters, websites- they all frequently feature kanji.
Take 入り口 for example. You’re pretty likely to see it as 入口 or 出入口 in real life.
So an entry for 入り口 might look something like this
in context: 従業員出入口
English: Employee entrance (and exit)
- The photo should have an example of the vocab visible or strongly imply it
- Avoid copyrighted materials like manga or anime (free promotional materials are fine!)
- follow the general community guidelines
- if taking your own photos, please obey the rules of the place you are in (ie if they say “no photos” please don’t share your photos)
- please don’t take photos while driving. Either pull over or ask a passenger
- if there is a vocab item for the kanji, please go by the vocab item’s level rather than the kanji. Please only use the kanji level if there is no corresponding vocab.
Level 2 wiki
a bookstore (frequently just marked with 本
a five yen coin
children’s sword (aluminum blade and decorative for anyone concerned)
context: guide on how to better breathe when climbing stairs
Before starting to climb (the stairs), inhale (a breath).
Level 3 wiki
How to draw marbles
Level 4 wiki
花見 ~ Viewing Cherry Blossoms
“Please, practice self-restraint during flower viewing” (sign about social distancing)
It says something long on the right-hand side, but the first word is definitely 切手
please don’t replace this, but feel free to add additional pictures…
context: bamboo shoots
Level 5 wiki
仕草 ~ Action (which is the worst definition in all WK. In practice it’s often like a little gesture or pose often done without thinking)
男の仕草で10題 10 men’s gesture. From here, found by typing かっこい仕草 on google.
Level 6 wiki
Context: a card based territory expansion game set in feudal japan.
Level 7 wiki
(I recommend checking this one out yourself. Usually it’s a carnival/festival game where you scoop goldfish using a small, flat paper net)
Level 8 wiki
Context: a card based territory expansion game set in feudal Japan, building on Honshu (Lvl 6.)
Level 9 wiki
Context: map of Japan by prefecture
Side note: only 4 prefectures don’t use ken. Can you spot all of them? Answers: 北海道、東京、京都、大阪
Level 10 wiki
((orange circle)) 約半分
English: Can be ridden by two people! FOLDING tandem bicycle
((orange circle))(Becomes) about half the size!
Level 11 wiki
Context: beginner, intermediate, and advanced modular origami
Level 12 wiki
Summer festival goods rental
*note for 祭, you often see it written as 祭り although WK teaches it without the kana combination
Level 14 wiki
context: book about mountain climbing
Easy to understand maps for (mountain) climbing
3 hour mountain climbing (routes)
Level 16 wiki
Origami goldfish scooping scoop