Kanji: First Grade

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The motto of this whole endeavor is that you’re learning to understand Japanese, not speak it. It’s passive, not active. However, learning Kanji becomes much easier when you write it yourself. So for Kanji, we’ll be actually doing some writing. The long answer as to why we need to write is that many Kanji look alike and you learn to differentiate them in the details, details you only pick up on when you have to write them yourself. That’s all.

So, we starting with 80 Kanji: You’ll be given the stroke order and the meaning. Learn them. Forget about the reading for now. 

1) One

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2) Two

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3) Three

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4) Four

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5) Five

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6) Six

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7) Seven

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8) Eight

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9) Nine

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10) Ten

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11) Hundred

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12) Thousand

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13) Above

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14) Below

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15) Left

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16) Right

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17) Inside

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18) Large

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19) Small

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20) Moon

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21) Sun

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22) Year

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23) Early

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24) Tree

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25) Woods

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26) Mountain

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27) River

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28) Soil

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29) Sky

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30) Rice field

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31) Heaven

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32) Life

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33) Flower

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34) Grass

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35) Insect

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36) Dog

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37) Person

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38) Name

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39) Female

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40) Male

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41) Child

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42) Eye

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43) Ear

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44) Mouth

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45) Hand

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46) Foot

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47) See

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48) Sound

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49) Power

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50) Spirit

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51) Yen

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52) Enter

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53) Exit

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54) Stand up

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55) Rest

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56) Previous

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57) Evening

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58) Book

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59) Text

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60) Character

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61) Study

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62) School

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63) Village

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64) Town

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65) Forest

66) Correct

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67) Water

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68) Fire

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69) Gem

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70) King

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71) Stone

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72) Bamboo

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73) Thread

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74) Shellfish

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75) Vehicle

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76) Gold

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77) Rain

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78) Red

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79) Blue

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80) White

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Also, a huge thanks to http://kanji.sljfaq.org/, which is where I got these images. They are a great resource, albeit a bit hard to figure out when just beginning. If you find a Kanji in your studies and don’t know how to write it, definitely check out their site and plug it in and see what you’ll get.