Kanji Cards

108 Kanji Plates

108 Summary Cards

 (Condensed information from the 108 Kanji Plates, on 7 sheets of paper, 16 cards per sheet (2.5" x 2" cards))

Study Plan: Limit of ~24 symbols per day

1-Sheet Guide (27 Tree Diagrams)

About Kanji Letters:
Every shape is drawn top-to-bottom & left-to-right. 
Top-right joint (shaped like '7') is one stroke, and so is bottom-left joint ('L'). 
Lines which cut through the middle of others, are last. 
The radical Watch (臣) is a complex one; it's written as you'd write: T, 7, T, L.

Phase 1 Intro: Learn the 27 Kanji Letters (1- or 2-penstrokes each), which head the Tree Diagrams.
Understand the structure of the lessons.
Learn the Radicals as grouped by the 27 letters. These 27 correspond to Revelation, and 5x5 sectioning of the Bible.
About Radicals: 
These are simple pictographic units which form all kanji. 
We can divide Radicals into 3 categories, according to their roles when combining with one another:
(1) the Phonetic radicals, 
(2) the Head radicals (which are the seed graphical shapes), and
(3) the Topic radicals (which are highly-productive "silent" letters).

Phase 2 (27 Days): Half of the 1,260 Roots (includes again many of the 360 Radicals).
Read through the radical-compositions of the phonetic roots. These 1,200 correspond to Chapters of the Bible.
  • The Roots are distributed over 108 plates/cards: Read 4 Kanji Plates per day (1 in morning, 1 in evening)
  • 1-Month Bible Reading: Read or attentively skim the whole Bible, just to see what is there.
About Phonetic Roots: 
Each Phonetic Root is a logical combination of radicals. 
Based on the 3 categories of Radicals, there are 3 composition types for the Roots: 
(1) Phonetic radicals, either alone or combined with one another, 
(2) Head radicals, with radicals of ANY type (even Topic radicals), or 
(3) Topic radicals with other Topic radicals.

Phase 3 Weekly: Review (not memorize) the kanji in each of the Phonetic Families.
  • Break 4 phonetic families into segments, as you break 4 Bible chapters into segments, per day.

 It is not effective to just drill every sound & every meaning for each kanji (going down a "frequency list," one by one)…
 It is best to instead learn kanji through learning vocabulary (typically, compound phrases of 2 or more kanji).
 Yet, acquiring a base familiarity with the kanji components does help you to distinguish any given kanji from all others.
 This guide covers every key component of Chinese & Japanese kanji, for a precursor to picking up either TL.

About Kanji:
A kanji's basic structure is a two-part "Topic-Comment" form, i.e. Phonetic + Topic = a Kanji.
Looking at the entire set of kanji, what we can actually see are "families" of kanji, 
each with a large phonetic (root) component for a "parent;" the actual kanji are its "children."
The Phonetic root expresses a comment with a broad meaning (character-ization), 
such that when a silent Topic radical combines with it, 
that Topic radical focuses the comment's meaning into a specific context (a "child meaning").

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