(Re)Making Sense of Kanji Part II: Practical Workshop For Learners Who Use Chinese Characters in Their Native Language

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July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

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(Re)Making Sense of Kanji Part II: Practical Workshop 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 practical workshop, where we will dig deep into and practice different ways to think of, organize, and learn Japanese Kanji effectively, taking into account what you already know from Chinese.

A continuation of our Kanji seminar in February, this workshop will take you one step further as you deepen your understanding of Kanji as it is used in Japanese, expand on what you previously learned, and engage in practical applications to optimize your learning.
*Attendance of the previous seminar is not a requirement; we will briefly review relevant points from the previous seminar where necessary.

Saturday July 13 | Online | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm EDT | Simple Japanese & English

Register at the bottom of this page by Friday July 12. This workshop is now full. Anyone who registers moving forward will be automatically added to a waitlist. Thank you for your interest!

  • In this workshop you will…
    • Gain a deeper understanding of Kanji knowledge that will aid your learning, designed for those who have prior knowledge of Chinese characters.
    • Experience and learn practical methods you can apply on your own to focus your learning and expand and organize your Kanji knowledge.
    • Learn how to utilize online tools to to be able to better remember, use, and understand more Kanji and its usage in 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

*Due to the practical nature of this workshop, joining from a computer is highly recommended. You will also require a camera and microphone to participate.
*preference will be given to JFT students

If you do not use Chinese characters/Kanji in your native language:

Click here to jump to our other Kanji workshop instead, on the same day at 3 pm ET! 

  • Cost: Free
  • Quota: 20 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.

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July 13 @ 6:30 pm
July 13 @ 8:30 pm
Event Category:
Doors Open:
6:20 pm
Japanese and English
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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