For some time now I have sporadically commited myself to learning japanese with varying outcomes. Earlier I have mostly focused on learning the romaji versions of words and payed little to no attention of the formal kanji (漢字) characters. Although mastering katakana (カタカナ) and hiragana (ひらがな) was something I did years ago, with the exception of forgetting some of the lesser used characters. But recently I felt a strong urge to seriously study and mastering the art of reading and writing kanji. Therefore I am regularly going to post about what I have learned and share any tips, tricks and mnemonics that have helped me in my quest.
One quick tip that I can share right away is to check out Japanese in a Month (Google Play and Itunes) from Learn Like Kids. You learn by hearing and reading the words while viewing a picture. You are never given a translation and have to solely rely on your association skills. This in fact turns out to be an extremely fast way of building up your vocabulary and I have seldomly not understood the given word. Sure, it can be unclear from time to time but you usually figure it out later on when you get a bit more context in the latter lessons.