(Re)Making Sense of Kanji – For Learners Who Use Chinese Characters in Their Native Language

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February 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm EST

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(Re)Making Sense of Kanji – For Learners Who Use Chinese Characters in Their Native Language


When we are already using Chinese characters in our native language, it is easy to fall into the habit of treating Japanese Kanji just like we do in Chinese. This does not always work though, because while there are certainly many things in common, there are also many differences that someone who knows Chinese characters should keep in mind to really master the language.

Join us in this thought-provoking and interactive seminar, where we will explore the differences between Kanji in Japanese and Chinese, and learn strategies to improve your Japanese fluency.

Saturday February 24 | Online | 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm EST | Simple Japanese & English

Register at the bottom of this page by Friday February 23

  • In this seminar you will…
    • Learn how Kanji is used in Japanese, and compare it with its use in Chinese.
    • Learn how to accurately distinguish, use and balance native Japanese words and Chinese-derived words.
    • Explore strategies to effectively learn written as well as spoken Japanese.
    • And more!
  • Target audience: Japanese language learners from anywhere in Canada who:
      • Use Chinese characters in their native language, and
      • Have at least Late-Elementary Japanese language proficiency, defined as:
        • JF Standard Late-Elementary (A2-2), or
        • JLPT N4/N5 level, Late-Beginner, Level 3 Japanese or equivalent

*you will require a camera and microphone to participate
*preference will be given to JFT students

  • Cost: Free
  • Quota: 30 participants maximum
  • Instructor: Dr. Ikuko Komuro-Lee, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of East Asian Studies
    With her primary research field being Kanji, Dr. Komuro-Lee has conducted several workshops, lectures, and publications on learning and teaching Kanji, as well as kanji vocabulary education for those who use Chinese characters in their native language.

Register Here


February 24 @ 1:30 pm
February 24 @ 3:15 pm
Doors Open:
1:20 pm
Japanese and English
Event Category:
Language Requirement:
JF Standard A2-2 OR JLPT N4~5
Dr. Ikuko Komuro-Lee, University of Toronto


The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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