Jōyō kanji: The 2136 most used kanji

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Probably the thing we hear most about being difficult in the Japanese language, no doubt, is the kanjiWith thousands of ideograms to learn it is normal to be paralyzed and not know where to start.

It was with this in mind that the Ministry of Education of Japan created a list of the main kanjis used in daily life. The list has been updated since 1941 and new kanji have been removed and added.

Currently the list is called Joyo kanji (常用漢字), with that name since 1981, and has a total of 2136 kanji most used by the Japanese. Getting close, more or less in half, of this amount it is already possible to read newspapers, magazines and everyday things.

Download full table with 2136 Jōyō kanjis

Nothing better than knowing all these 2136 ideograms to focus on what is really necessary and useful to be able to get by when you visit Japan or need to read something in Japanese somewhere.

The website coscom makes 2136 Jōyō kanjis available for free download in pdf, download now or read through your favorite browser.

This same list has already been published here on the website with kanji in the order that the Japanese learn at school in 12 years of study, which can be useful for anyone who is studying the Japanese language.

Another thing that really helps this list is for those who intend to or are already studying for the Japanese language proficiency exam JLPT- Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken 日本語能力試験 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) which is held here in Brazil usually in December.

How to study Kanji?

As I am not an expert in language learning I already have the first thought that to learn any kanji you need to decorate it. Is this an effective way?

The big problem is that depending on the word its pronunciation is different with the same kanji. How will I learn this kanji in isolation if it changes in a certain word?

O Furigana can help, but when I don’t have what I want to read available? There are even applications that can help at this time, but it is much better for me to learn than depending on applications or even the dictionary, do you agree?

In the video below, Sensei Luiz Rafael explains better in 3 tips for learning kanji:

Do not forget that long before you start studying kanji you need to learn Hiragana and Katakana.

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