Based on a report from 2000 that analyzed a large corpus of Japanese text, it says that at roughly the 750-800 character line, 90% of kanji occurrences in the wild are covered. By looking at the cumulative frequency of characters, the efficacy of learning the most frequent kanji first is shown by the following:
７７７ characters: ９０.０％ coverage
１４７７ characters: ９８.０％ coverage
２４７７ characters: ９９.９％ coverage
[Caption: Let's use some rudimentary data science to hyper-accelerate your kanji acquisition!]
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Did you know that with 777 carefully selected kanji you can have over 90% coverage for kanji that appear in the wild?
Kanji are characters that were adopted from mainland Asia over hundreds of years. These glyphs have become part of the Japanese language and verbs.
If you really want to be native-level Japanese, kanji are essential.
But why learn 2400 random characters when you can prioritize with intelligence and have 90% coverage with a measly 800?
Japanese Complete will guide you, showing you which characters to learn, how to master their stroke order, and how to remember their meanings with mnemonic breakdowns of components and clever mnemonic devices.
Take solace in the fact that Japanese Complete has arranged the kanji and the verbs based on a frequency analysis of the Japanese corpus. Now your learning will truly take off, knowing that everything you absorb will be ubiquitous and likely useful.
Be introduced to characters as concept-scenes and as verbs.
structure; posture; readiness
"na, I don't mind."
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