85 percent of Japanese report weakening of ability to write kanji: poll

I may have understated the headline by using “weakening.” Regardless, though, the figures are dramatic.

People are becoming accustomed to computer-aided input of kanji and thus forgetting how to be able to write them by hand. This is only going to get worse, not better.

For a brief English article on this, see the link below.

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3 thoughts on “85 percent of Japanese report weakening of ability to write kanji: poll

  1. From the Zaman link:

    A Japanese professor had this to say about the difficulty of writing in Japanese: “When you are shown a picture of a cat and asked to identify it, you directly call it a cat. But, when you are asked to draw a picture of a cat, your chances of doing it are really unknown.”

    That’s a pretty good point. The skills involved in writing aren’t necessarily the same ones you need for reading. Even in English, I can understand far more words than I can reliably spell. The difference, though, is that using a computer improves my English spelling since I see a squiggly line every time I make a mistake. With kanji, on the other hand, computers eliminate writing process completely.

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