It depends how much you want to learn.
To learn enough kanji to read a newspaper, you would need to learn around 3000-5000 characters which would probably take a few years. Japanese students learn kanji throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school just to know enough to be able to read a newspaper. For certain fields of work, many more kanji must be learned.
If you are looking to learn the basic kanji that would be enough to get around, that would be closer to 1000 which one could learn in 1-2 years of hard work.
I learned about 100 kanji, but I also learned hiragana and katakana which is much more useful to know, and much easier to learn.
Wow 5,000!!! God. *_* I feel that it may take me around 2-3 years to learn at least 200 Kanji Characters however I am planning to study abroad to make it even easier and more convenient. I finally learnt Hiragana and will soon be done with Katakana.
by Reachingout7 years ago
Dont say how long you have lived but tell us what you have learnt.
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