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日本語の秘密/ The Key to NIHON-GO

by 岸本建夫 [Kishimoto Tatsuo] 1999
OCR/Corr by most.cyak@gmail.com, Oct 2014


Section 6 You Can Communicate with Japanese People Using Only Kana

→ You Don’t Need to Practice Writing Kanji !

  You shouldn’t get the idea that you cannot master Japanese unless you get to the point where you can read and write at least 3,000 kanji. That’s a matter if you are doing the exact same kind of work as the Japanese in Japan, but if you are working at a job in which you are making the most of your being foreign, you may just want to get to the point where things are convenient for you. It’s fairly easy to learn the meanings of kanji characters, but it’s very difficult to learn to read and write them. It’s ridiculously difficult learning to write them. If this is what you want to spend your time on, you’ll find that you never have enough time.

  If you can write kana and Roman letters (the Latin alphabet), the Japanese will be able to understand 99% of what you write. If you use difficult kanji, peopie will praise you and say, “Wow! That’s really something!” If you want the fact that you are a foreigner who can use kanji to be your selling point, you’ll need to be able to write the kanji too. If this isn’t the case, however, you should spend your writing practice time doing something better. A Japanese language school which spends a lot of time teaching kanji writing, even if the teachers are enthusiastic, cannot be said to be a very good school.

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