What would be the best way to practice writing kanji using Wanikani?

I want to start practicing my writing (and overall, my recall of kanji, instead of just recognition), but I have no clue on how to do such a thing. I was thinking something along the lines of a Quizlet with meaning and the kanji, where I would look at the meaning and then write the appropriate kanji, but I can’t do that because I would be transferring Wanikani’s data onto another website. Any ideas?

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An Anki deck?

I do it the way that I write each Kanji 3 times down that I get wrong. I use in combination with the stroke order user scripts which shows you the jisho diagram how to write it if you go in the kanji. It is quite convienient. Usually I am able to write the kanji that I got correct anyway, so this is a good way for me. An other option would be to use the self study user quiz and go english to japanese. Or use KameSame.

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I think the self study quiz idea is excellent, I’ll try it out. Another benefit of using the self study quiz is that I can adjust the level, which means that I can start with the easier kanji first. Thanks a lot.

What I do is when I have breaks at work I make sure I have a notepad in my pocket and pen and start writing random kanji in sentence form about daily events, weather forecasts, future plans at random. I do it at different times throughout the day.

Like you I consider recognition is not good enough. In my mind unless you can visualise the Kanji perfectly enough in your mind to recreate then you simply do not know it at all and your knowledge is weaker than what it could be if you could recreate it.

The best suggestion I have is to learn the stroke order of the important “real” radicals and unlike the other reply above I was always told to write it 6 times, but that is not important here. If you write it regularly you will not forget it.

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I use jisho.org to help with stroke order, if you’re going to write. If you type (example) “#kanji 機”, it will show you stroke order and has an animation, also. Stroke order helps you remember kanji better. I also recommend kanji practise sheets or even books, since those can be fun to do on a commute, rainy day indoors, plane ride, etc.

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I use kaniwani with a tablet input. You won’t learn neat handwriting this way, but you will remember how to draw the characters.
On paper, the Iverson method works nicely.

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This Anki deck is awesome! It will give you a kanji definition and on and kun readings, (this helps with stuff like 理 and 由 that are both called “reason”) and you’re supposed to draw the kanji and give a grade. If you’re using it with ankidroid you can draw on the screen, otherwise just use a pen and paper.

The kanji study app also does the same thing, in a more organized manner. It will test for readings or writing and you can create your own deck, so you could just add the new stuff that you’re studying with wani kani and practice that. It’s not free, but you can trial about 80 kanji or so. :high_touch:

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