How do Japanese native speakers manage to remember and memorise all of the Hiragana , Katakana and Kanji characters ? I'm just asking because they seem to be so complicated and impossible to remember .
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Hiragana and Katakana aren't problems at all because they are only 100 or so in total. They learn them in a few months in the first grade. As for Kanji, they remember them by writing them down on paper repeatedly and take exams to check they have memorized them regularly and often.
But children who read books a lot memorize them only through reading like me.
Not so many hiragana and katakana in the first place, so they are as easy as breathing. But you know there are countless kanji, of course we don’t know all of them. You need to be a crazy kanji nerd to know all of them. I think today a lot of Japanese people including myself can still read many kanji but can’t write as many because we don’t write much anymore nowadays ( we still read a lot )
@Kay1001 Depends on how you live. Don't generalize. And at schools, you need to write A LOT to take tests and exams. You can't live without write without writing a good number Kanji and "today" can't be an excuse of your not knowing Kanji. Misinformation especially for foreign learners of the Japanese language.
@undertherainjp What are you talking about? Was it “your” question? Why do you need to snap at someone like that at this ungodly hour?.... And it’s true that a lot of Japanese today can’t write many kanji anymore and it’s not like a lot of people are fresh out of school. You must be very bright and snobby....lol
@SamoyedPony They learn about 2136 Kanji through compulsory education, from 6 to 15 years old. But it's said average Japanese adults know 4000-5000 Kanji. Only with 2136, you wouldn't be able to read through books.
For example, 嘘, which means "lie" is not on the list of 2136. But I believe there is no adult who can't read it.
> from elementary school to high Kanji that appear in the Japanese textbooks used at high schools are not included in 2136 because educational guideline says they have to be learned by the last year of junior high. (To be more accurate, guideline shows which Kanji have to be taught in which grade.)
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