Narau – To Learn

[Created by Me]

My absolutely favorite thing to do in my free time is to learn kanji. Every second of free time I have in a day is dedicated to learning new kanji or reviewing old ones, and I never tire of this repetitive process of learning and review. Of course, to be able to continue such a laborious and time-consuming task for such a long time, I would need lots of motivation to continue learning and study all the time. Exactly what that motivation is comes from reading, specifically reading Japanese.

It becomes quite evident to anyone studying Japanese that learning kanji is an absolutely necessary stage in the process of achieving fluency in the language.Those who are unable to recognize the difficulty and importance of the duty of learning kanji will fail to achieve fluency and give up due to lack of motivation. However those who do realize how crucial kanji is in learning Japanese must endure a long and hard struggle lasting anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to learn a “basic”set of more-or-less 2000 kanji in order to simply be able read.

In spite of all these difficulties, I still love learning kanji, and my reasons for that are quite simple. As I learn more and more kanji everyday while simultaneously reading Japanese literature, I find that the time I spend searching up kanji in a dictionary is decreasing while the time I spending actually reading is increasing. Additionally, I always find myself delighting in smaller events, like looking at a line of text and realizing that the kanji I wasn’t able to read or understand a mere week ago now take me a mere glance to comprehend.

To close, the kanji for this post is 「習」 which means “learn,” and I enjoy the fact that the kanji is made up of two parts:「羽」”wings” or “feather” and 「白」”white.” It implies that to learn is to have white wings of feather, which could also possibly imply an even deeper meaning.

On a kanji note, I’ve been mentioning “okurigana” a lot in the past few pasts, but I had never really explained what it is exactly. In short, “okurigana” is hiragana (a form of Japanese writing) used after a kanji to give it a certain meaning or pronunciation and also to determine if the tense verb of adjective.



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