Review of Read The Kanji
Read The Kanji is a fast an easy Web 2.0 style website for practicing kanji readings. Everything is arranged by JLPT level. You’re presented with an example sentence, with either a single kanji or compound highlighted in red. All you have to do is type in the reading for the red part, and you’re graded a clear-cut right or wrong.
A few things make this process unique vs. say simply using an Anki deck. Aside from the context that sentences provide, you can leave hints and tips for other users, which is easily accessible on the bar that appears at the top of the interface. You can also see more information on the kanji from here too such as character meanings, readings, radicals, etc. Another nice feature is the Stats section. You can see a huge chart which shows all the kanji, colour-coded to your skill level at that particular character.
Signing up for a trial account grants you access to N5 kanji, as well as simple hiragana and katakana drills. (The kana drills do not provide sentences, however they do have audio.) If you subscribe to the the site, you get all JLPT levels, as well as Yojijukugo. So is it worth the subscription? Well, I haven’t found any pre-made Anki deck that compared to the level of quality this site has, especially in regard to having example sentences. So it definitely does fill a void for those focusing on kanji. As a summary, here are the pros and cons I’ve found when using the paid version of the site:
- Very easy to use, one click on your bookmarks bar and you’re in it.
- Example sentences give context to all kanji encountered.
- Being able to share helpful hints with other users is a huge benefit.
- Can access a lot of information at the click of a button.
- Statistics give a nice visual of where you stand.
- You have to get an answer correct many times before it’s considered to be learned.
- Monthly subscription fee to access all kanji.
For this week, this website in itself is my media recommendation since it should keep you plenty busy for weeks and months to come! 🙂 There are definitely more pros than cons, and you can study N5 kanji completely free for as long as you like, so why not give it a try?