This is the online manual for Kanji Tree, an app which aims to take the chore out of learning Japanese kanji.
Recognition GameMost kanji have multiple meanings and pronunciations, and things get even more complicated when they're used in conjunction with other kanji. It's pointless even to try and remember everything about each particular kanji the first time you see it. To begin with, just try to get them into your brain.
The Recognition game is intended to help learn the essential meaning of each kanji, but you can also use it to practice readings too.
|First off, choose a collection of kanji|
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is another graded system, it's used by people who learn Japanese as a foreign language.
Finally, there are additional kanji which are used in people and place names.
|Set the game options|
- Learn means kanji which you haven't seen yet get asked first, followed by those you have.
- Revise is the opposite; it starts with kanji you've already seen.
- Meanings asks you the English meanings of the kanji.
- Readings ask you the Japanese readings of the kanji.
- Random Order shuffles the order of the kanji, while still keeping seen and unseen separate.
- If you un-check this then kanji you haven't seen yet are asked in textbook order, whereas those you have are asked in order of how well you know them. With the ones you don't know very well being asked first.
- Hint Delay specifies how long to wait before showing you helpful hints.
- Drag this to the extreme right to switch hints off.
As you modify the options, the order of the displayed kanji will update accordingly. When you're happy, press Play.
How To Play
|The Recognition Game|
If you get it correct, you get a "maru" , and the game advances to the next question.
If you get it wrong, you get a "batsu" , and the game brings up the dictionary screen to show you the full details of the kanji. Press "back" to exit the dictionary and continue with the game.
If you really have no idea, and don't want to guess, then you can tap the kanji itself. This counts as "give up" so you get to look at the definition directly.
Once you have learned to recognize some kanji, you should move on to the reading game. The way kanji are pronounced depends on the context in which they are found, and the other kanji which surround them.
|Reading Game Options|
Usage Frequency allows you to choose words based on how commonly they're used in everyday language. This is a great option to choose if you're building your vocabulary for actual conversational use, rather than purely for studying the kanji.
User List plays the game only with words you've specified yourself. This is good for revision after you've been playing with the other categories, because words you've got wrong before automatically get added to your user list.
- Kana Only shows words which don't contain any kanji at all. There are a surprising number of these, and often get overlooked by students because naturally they're not in any kanji drill lists.
- Single Kanji shows words consisting of only a single kanji symbol with no kana either.
- Simple Words shows words which contain one kanji symbol and some kana.
- Compound Words shows words containing more than one kanji, and possibly some kana too.
- Learn means words which you haven't seen yet get asked first, followed by those you have.
- Revise is the opposite; it starts with words you've already seen.
- Random Order shuffles the order of the words, while still keeping seen and unseen separate.
- If you un-check this then words you haven't seen yet are asked in frequency order, whereas those you have are asked in order of how well you know them. With the ones you don't know very well being asked first.
How To PlayLook at the word and try to read it correctly. If there's more than one way to read the word, then the other ways will be displayed in the "Other Readings" area.
Each kanji in the word gets a "Show Hint" button, which displays the meanings in case you can't quite remember. You do get a better score for the word if you don't use hints though, so try to avoid it if you can.
You get as long as you need to think, then when you're ready tap the "Reveal Answer" button.
|The Reading Game (Answer)|
The JLPT level of the word is shown, alongside a description of the type of word it is; noun, verb, etc.
Beside that is the User List button/indicator. Tap the button to toggle whether or not this word is included in your user list, for focused revision later.
means the word is not in your User List.
means the word is in your User List.
If you tap "Wrong" then the word is automatically added to your User List, unless you've turned that feature off in the Options screen.