Accelerate Japanese Language Learning
So you have mastered the Japanese Kana (hiragana and katakana) and are ready to move on to the next level: learn Kanji (the Chinese characters). You might feel excitement as remembering both hiragana and katakana is not as difficult as you had imagined.
Learning Kanjis, however, are a completely different story. With over a thousand official Kanjis to read even the most basic text, you’re in for a ride. Besides, learning the Kanjis and recognizing them short term is only half the battle won. Actually remembering them for an extended period requires plenty of hard work reviewing them.
From my personal experience, Flashcards remain the most effective (if time consuming) method to memorize and learn Kanji. I have tried numerous other ways, and repeatedly writing down the same character dozens of times but nothing work as well as Kanji Flashcards.
Now, it does involve a steadfast commitment and plenty of patience, but does it have to be boring? Not exactly. These are special Kanji Flashcards.
While you will probably be remembering most of your Kanji through repetition, a very potent way to remember some of them is to use your imagination to associate them with actual pictures.