Introduction to Kanji

We believe that to remember and write kanji effectively, it is important to understand kanji deeply and broadly. Therefore, before using Kanji alive (, we encourage learners to explore the world of kanji by reviewing the following resource:

This multimedia PDF file contains a brief history of kanji, basic rules for writing kanji, etc. We strongly encourage beginners to read through this document carefully before using Kanji alive.

Please NoteAdobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the Introduction to Kanji PDF file. Windows users will also require Apple’s free QuickTime Player to view the kanji animations in this document.

3 thoughts on “Introduction to Kanji

  1. silvio menezes da silva

    this site is amazing! i`m a beginer student of japanese writings… it is so difficult to me…
    I waiting for your help!!

  2. Simo Vihinen

    Hi, I noticed that the PDF seems to be missing lots of hiragana and some kanjis as well. You can clearly see this starting from page 3 where two symbols look to be missing in the part where it says “phono-semantic characters”. There’s a lot of them missing in other parts of the text. Is there some way they could be restored?

    1. Simo Vihinen

      Actually, nevermind. I see that you really have to open it in Adobe… really weird that it shows some but not all of them.


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