Journal article

Learning strategies employed for learning words written in Kanji Versus Kana

Mariko Kubota, Etsuko Toyoda

Australian Review of Applied Linguistics | John Benjamins Publishing Company | Published : 2001


The aims of this paper are: (1) to compare learning strategies employed to memorize the meaning of words written in kanji (logograph) and kana (syllablics); and (2) to identify effective learning strategies to memorize meanings of words in kanji. Eleven native speakers of English enrolled in Japanese at a university participated in this project. Twenty words were selected as the main research instrument. Participants were asked to memorize in 20 minutes the English meanings of the 20 Japanese words written in kanji while saying what they were thinking (a think-aloud protocol). Participants’ behavior was observed, and a test was given after the memorization. About one month later the same pro..

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