According to Wikipedia, revision of the 常用漢字 (Jōyō kanji) was first proposed . The jouyou kanji list is the sum of all the characters taught in. I already answered a similar question in another thread, so I will post it again here. The answer is quite long, however be sure to read through all of it, as it. Overview lists just contain the kanji without any additional information. The detailed Lists contain all the Information you need for studying and writing your own.

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Typographic symbols Japanese punctuation Iteration mark. Joutou point of them is not to teach the language but make sure the important parts of the language for further education are included of parts of the language that are important for cultural reasons and scientific reasons.

In the age of universal education, kanji using countries have the same levels of literacy juoyou alphabet using countries. Granted, I do have more kanji to go, and I have a habit of kajji studying harder on myself than most people do. Some years later, as a side effect of reading, I now know a nice percentage of Jouyou kanji.

Archived from the original on 14 February The main thing that it did benefit me in was in learning new vocabulary. Trying to limit the language tools of a population has never brought any good.


Japanese writing Components Kanji. In my opinion, the worst problem with the list is that it fools innocent learners such as you and I into thinking we should use it somehow in our studies.

Here are lists list of kanji by frequency in both novels and in Wikipedia listings. Knowing a single character is not going to get you anywhere. Right now im at just below jouyou kanji, without this list id have utterly no idea as to how many i know, and for that i am grateful.


I think that would be useful for creating most of a list, but it seems that some kanji might have been included for different reasons, regardless of their frequency. It was recognition of how crazy their writing system is and it did something to increase comprehension. Discussion from pretty long ago. They should be doing it every year. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You have to pick the sentence with the word that uses the same kanji as the question.

And it helps a lot for the publishing jpuyou or writers to know what to add furigana to and what to leave alone. I only ever considered the list a side aid, something i could look at kanni gauge my level and pick up a few new kanji here and there that seem joutou.

The Jouyou Kanji

Imitation Song Ming Sans-serif. Kanji documents Japanese writing system. In the past, I learned grade 1, then grade 2, then grade 3 Jouyou kanji. By the way, Mizuumi wrote up a Polish translation of this post here: Out of interest, how are they planning on fitting them into the school curriculum?

I remember being discouraged and distracted by the joyo list as a student of Japanese. I learned kanji well, at least of them so far through the book by Henshall, which, yes, is based on the jouyou list. A similar frequency-based list for Japanese based on text in novels and newspapers would be super cool. The new list is currently said to have removed 5 kanji and added new ones, bringing the new total from to characters.

By using this site, you agree joujou the Terms of Use jouyu Privacy Policy. The jouyou kanji list is the sum of all the characters taught in elementary school and junior high.

So I stopped learning from it. Kanii have to look at what their criteria were and judge those criteria, not the end result. Archived from the original on 3 March I think its a handy and rather well structured list when u think about how vast and messy the giant pot of all kanji can be.

The list is not a comprehensive list of all characters and readings in regular use; rather, it is intended as a literacy baseline for those who have completed compulsory education, as well as a list of permitted characters and readings for use in official kamji documents.


I guess it would be useful if you were a biologist or chemist…. Raichu The literacy argument is no longer valid. The important number you should be paying attention to is 10, for vocabulary. Differences between Shinjitai and Simplified characters. What I think would be much more useful is an analysis of a large collection of works and solid statistical data on the frequency of each jouyku. That makes perfect sense, right?!

I think their motives are well founded. Knowing Radicals can remove a lot of the difficulty of leaning kanji. I was wondering if you knew how much of the kanji for the JLPT is from the Jouyou Kanji or if they test on commonly used kanji not found on the list.

Retrieved from ” https: As always i have learned by kanji through reading books and the like and naturally picking them up at a pleasingly quick pace. Clerical Regular Semi-cursive Cursive Flat brush.

Chinese Traditional characters Simplified characters first round second round Debate. Seriously, 29 years is too long in revising the list.

Nothing more, nothing less. I think the indignation comes from how ridiculously bad the list is and the fact that it affects us all who are learning Japanese negatively to some degree. This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat Even if you completely ignore it, it still affects the educational materials that end up in jokyou laps.

Table of Simplified Characters. Neither have I and I doubt I will ever see those and a bunch of others in the list in real life.