Hi, my name is Sakura. I am Indonesian, and I am currently in my 3rd year at Malaysian Japan International Institute of Technology, majoring in chemical process engineering. Here, I’m going to share how I study the Japanese language, especially kanji.
First, I would like to inform you that I was born in Japan. So, naturally, the first language that I learned was Japanese. However, after I graduated from kindergarten, I moved to Indonesia. To improve the Japanese language in Indonesia, I did what I enjoy and immersed myself in Japanese culture. Learning will be more effective if we combine it with our interests. It could be anything from watching drama to listening to music. For me, it was reading. I enjoy reading various Japanese books, including manga, light novels, poetry, and even Japanese fanfiction. I read it alongside an electronic kanji dictionary. At that time, I used the iPad cloud translator that shows onyomi, kunyomi, and its meanings. I suggest this method to learn and add your vocabulary and some grammar. Not only recognizing the character but also writing them to memorize them. And now I use Rikaikun for the same reason.
After I obtained a good grasp of the Japanese language, I wrote fanfiction stories on the web. At first, it was challenging and embarrassing. However, I improved my vocabulary, spelling, kanji, grammar, and sentence structure as a result of this. It was a great way to put your newly acquired Japanese into practice. All the recommendations and critiques from readers will help you to understand better. HiNative helped me a lot to clear up the confusion regarding grammar and sentence structure.
I hope these two methods are useful for you. If you've tried these techniques, please share your thoughts with us. Also, if you know of any effective methods too, please do share them with us here. ありがとうございました！
Hobby: Reading novels