Drafting the would-be ultimate free kanji course


The secret master plan… Shhh, don’t tell anybody…

  • YKS lesson components


    • Video 1 )an  explanation of Kanji but as a PPT video
    • Video 2 )
      • explain how kanji go together/break apart
      • Also use Kanji stories intro stuff in there too
    • Video 3&4)
      • Use the “subliminal” videos (have a write up explaining what they are for I.e. getting used to seeing kanji breakdown)

Outline Draft 

Kanji Course

  1. Intro
    1. who course is for / how helpful
      1. newbie ; right foot
      2. advanced ; so you can finally write by hand by heart
    2. what are Kanji why important? 
      1. spelling (mental shift ->“condensed spelling”)
    3. thoughts on kanji
      1. logical 
      2. interesting 
      3. a better system than english (light, microwave, etc. all using )
  2. kanji method (mnemonic recall methods)
    1. kanji method application (learning in order; breaking down kanji found in the wild)
      1. not writing each 1000 times 
      2. learning to “spell” using radicals
      3. using a “flood approach” (unique to YKS)
      4. no new kanji without familiar components
    2. when encounter kanji in the wild break it down
    3. how to mnemonic stories
      1. vivid “mind’s eye” (create a scene; one frame)
      2. how to have fun with kanji
      3. obsession (Joy O’ Kanji)
    4. textbooks in YKS order; textbook supplement workbooks in YKS order
  3. learning to recognise
    1. excel/powerpoint file of the 1700 kanji ; then make it into a video, put audio over
    2. testing to learn (i.e. testing yourself on a bunch of kanji at one time then retest; don’t care about score, just a study gauge)
  4. learning to write
    1. morph mnemonic into kanji video (powerpoint)
  5. learning to read
    1. context via textbook supplement workbooks to Tae Kim, etc.
  6. learning the jukugo 
    1. same as #5
  7. Practising through tadoku and “ta-kaku”
    1. browser add on for marking kanji levels on websites
      1. substituting english actions with Japanese actions
      2. out of comfort zone
    2. journaling in Japanese for “extensive writing”


ideal students of the course:

  1. teachers
    1. who want to work with students learning kanji 
      1. can use the course just to get the method down
      2. can have their students take the course as a classroom supplement
  2. Tutors
    1. Want to have a certification program for Kanji Mnemonic Tutors
  3. Students learning in a classroom but not getting Kanji
  4. (non ideal but still good) self learners
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