Learn Kanji with Mnemonics
How to use
- The PDFs were scanned from my notebooks. Please view in dual mode with title page
to match the book layout.
- Right pages are the main characters (~1000 in total), which include the characters from
my textbooks and lower JLPT levels. Left pages are the supplementary characters.
- Characters are mostly grouped based on the non-radical component
(which is usually the sound component). The groups are then ordered by themes:
- Book 1:
Nature, Plant, Animal, Posture, Family, Society, Head
- Book 2:
Hand, Body, Home, Work, Weapon, Place, Abstract
- ★: out-of-order; should be moved to a different place
- ☉: should move from left page to right page (or vice-versa)
- Underlined word: key onyomi word; remember the on-reading from this word
- I started making this in 2012 and finished this in 2014,
but an earlier draft can be traced back to 2010 when I started learning Japanese.
- Main inspirations include:
- The images are purely mnemonic. Sometimes they coincide with real origins,
but most of them do not. For real origins, please consult resources like:
Note that character origin research is still an on-going work,
and there are a lot of resources that provide false origins or older interpretations based on Shuowen Jiezi,
so please be careful.
(I also do not believe in Shirakawa's theory, which seems to be the most popular in Japan.)
- Chinese Writing by Qiu Xigui (裘锡圭): Overview of the more recent studies of Chinese characters
- Japanese Kanji by Seely and Henshall: Compilation of kanji interpretations, mainly following the phonetic theory of Toudou Akiyasu (藤堂明保)
- Outlier Dictionary: Character origin dictionary based mainly on the line of research by Chi Hsu-Sheng (季旭昇)
- There a lots of mistakes, missing characters, and mnemonics that I want to change.
These issues will (probably) get fixed in the next version
- Feel free to contact me if there is any concern.