By far, I found the most difficult and important parts of learning Japanese words is to memorize its pronounciations.

eg. あつい . It means Hot, an adjective. But how can I relate the two - pronouciation and meaning - together, except repeatedly memorizing ?

From the English learning experience, we can start learning words by the roots and suffix, and then expand the vocabulary, which could save a lot of time.


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    This question falls under "asking for advice", and is not on topic
    – Riolku
    Jan 25, 2022 at 3:22
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    What root or suffix did you rely on to first learn that the English word “hot” means what it does?
    – aguijonazo
    Jan 25, 2022 at 6:47

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Besides brute force memorizing (you will have to do this anyway), you should learn kanji early. For instance, consider:


"to be sad"



And other compounds will have this too:


kanji for "gentle" + kanji for "cooperate", the word means "compromise"

Note that pronunciations won't always work. Kanji characters can be read a few different ways usually. For more on the topic, search something like "on'yomi vs kun'yomi"

  • Thanks. For Chinese speakers, some of the Kanjis are not a big problem. For example, for あたたかい, if I miss one, it will not have the meaning -warm- which is really troubling. Any ideas ?
    – user50335
    Jan 25, 2022 at 4:45

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