I just wanted to know and I was wondering how many kanjis we learn in the middle school in Japan?


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    As far as I understand there is no fixed number, although I imagine that until the end of middle school (= the end of 義務教育) you should learn all 常用漢字.
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 20:53
  • I agree with @Earthliŋ: I always thought how many you learned in middle school corresponded to how many jouyou kanji there are in general.
    – Pleiades
    Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 22:02

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常用漢字は2千字程度と認識していますが、 . . .

文部科学省が定める、中学校学習指導要領に記載があります。 . . .


1-6th grade : 1000 Kanji's

almost 1000 more in the next 3 years of school.


There is actually a list of kanjis students in Japanese schools learn per year. You can find it here http://kanjitisiki.com/tyugako/ or alternatively, just google 漢字リスト中学校 or whatever school respectively. But yes, around 1000 kanjis in 3 years of middle school.

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