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Kanshudo Drawing Practice Center

Posted: 2018-09-07 | Tags: hiragana katakana components drawing
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Introducing the Drawing Practice Center: a new system which lets you practice drawing hiragana, katakana, and the most common kanji components quickly and easily.
Writing kana and kanji yourself is without a doubt one of the most effective ways to learn. Our system lets you work steadily through the three most important areas - hiragana (for writing grammar), katakana (for loan words), and components (from which all kanji are made up). You can show or hide each character as a reference, and view an animation to see the correct sequence. As you draw, your strokes 'snap' to their correct locations, and incorrect strokes are highlighted.
Best of all, the Drawing Practice Center is completely free! Visit the Drawing Practice Center to get started.

Introducing Kanshudo Word Quiz

Posted: 2018-08-28 | Tags: games study features quiz
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We are very excited to announce a brand new way to build and test your Japanese vocabulary: Kanshudo Word Quiz.
  • In high score mode, graded questions start easy and get progressively more difficult (more complex words, more similar alternative answers) to test your current knowledge.
  • In vocab builder mode, choose a difficulty level to focus on, and build your vocabulary.
  • On completion each quiz shows you all questions and answers for easy review, and one click study.
  • Works well on mobile as well as larger screens so you can study on the go!
  • Your quiz scores are used to customize your Kanshudo experience and help us understand how to help you learn Japanese more effectively.
  • Your past quizzes are also available for you to review and track your progress.
Take a word quiz now and build your Japanese vocabulary!

More flashcard improvements

Posted: 2018-08-09 | Tags: Flashcards Study aids New features
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We've made some more great improvements to the flashcard system recently. Here's a quick summary:
  • Snooze a set: you can now 'snooze' an entire set. Once snoozed, the set's totals won't appear in your overall summary or statistics. Sometimes a set just gets away from you, and now you don't have to get bogged down with material that's not core to your focus.
  • Sort sets and cards: you can now change the order of cards within a set, and the order of all your sets.
  • Move cards: move one or more cards to another of your flashcard sets.
  • Delete multiple cards: you can now select multiple cards for deletion at the same time.
  • Examples: you can already create flashcards for example sentences by tagging them as favorites (in the same way as kanji, words and grammar points). You can now create flashcards for all examples used in beginner lessons automatically!
Our goal is to provide the most effective Japanese language flashcard experience available, and we hope you like these improvements. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know.
Kanshudo flashcards are free to use - just log in (or register) and get started! Create flashcards automatically from beginner lessons, intermediate lessons, or kanji / word collections. Import your own kanji or word lists. Visit your flashcard home page to view your sets and statistics. Read the how to guide for many more options and features.

Japan's Marine Day holiday - umi no hi (海の日)

Posted: 2018-07-13 | Tags: feature articles points of interest customs
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Read our new point of interest article on the forthcoming 海の日, one of Japan's 16 annual public holidays!
As with all our feature articles, you can see vocabulary and kanji listed so you can quickly and easily tag any you need as favorites to study.

Introducing inflections

Posted: 2018-05-23 | Tags: Tools New features Grammar
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Inflections - modified forms of verbs and adjectives - are one of the most complex parts of Japanese. Verbs alone have several basic conjugations, and many more complex forms, each of which can often be 'stacked' on top of each other. Understanding how a word is composed of these forms is one of the great challenges in learning Japanese.
Now Kanshudo has introduced several tools that make this much easier! You can now see inflected forms of any word with one click directly from search results. You can also now see what forms are used to make the inflected words in our over 150,000 example sentences, with links directly to the Grammar Library.
For more details on using these new features, see our new 'how to' guide, Understanding inflections and conjugations.

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Change component list
By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.