To study kanji, we will use the jouyou kanji list. This list is composed of the kyouiku kanji list (1009 kanji) and additional kanji taught in secondary school (939 kanji).
Jouyou 常用 means daily use. Kyouiku 教育 means education or training.
Below are the kyouiku kanji list which is divided into 6 grades. Click on the image to view full version. You can also download an excel file of the kyouiku kanji grade list here.
This will be how we will go about our kanji study:
|Kyouiku grade 1||80|
|Kyouiku grade 2||160|
|JLPT level 4||80|
|Kyouiku grade 3||200|
|JLPT level 3||166|
|Kyouiku grade 4||200|
|Kyouiku grade 5||185|
|JLPT level 2||740|
|Kyouiku grade 6||181|
|JLPT level 1||1244|
The purpose of this is for us to learn the commonly used kanji first and then map these learned kanji to that of list provided for the JLPT. I have observed that some commonly used kanji are found only later in higher levels of the JLPT.
As much as possible, let us try to finish Kyouiku grades 1 and 2 and JLPT level 4 before January ends. I dont think this will be difficult to do since these are very easy kanji. By then, I won’t be converting these learned kanji to its hiragana text in my posts. Kyouiku grade 3 and JLPT level 3 will follow. Target end of study for these will be end of February. Kyouiku grades 4 and 5 and JLPT level 2 will end on the last week of April. This is also the target end of my study for JLPT level 2 grammar and vocabulary.
I hope I can have the time everyday to update my posts so we won’t be behind schedule.