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March 17, 2016 11:20 AM   Subscribe

What is a great website for teaching how-to-write kanji, with animations?

Related to this earlier question: It's a were-something, maybe?

This is a total-newbie, kanji-dilettante question, be nice ;-)

I decided to look at the terms:

nekomusume (cat-daughter) 猫娘

bakeneko (change/transforming-cat) 化け猫

next up is learning to write them.

I found some resources that were hard-to-use. specifically, I could look up the 'bake' and 'neko' kanji separately, but could not seem to find instructions for the middle two connecting glyphs. also, the site was so hard to use that I didn't favorite it and can't tell you what it was. but that's where I saw the learn-by-animation approach, which really appeals to me.

what's a great site that helps me both find the right terms *and* demonstrates the proper strokes to write kanji?

BONUS QUESTION: I know there are specific types of 'bakeneko' related to prostitution. keep me from being a crude jerk. Are 'bakeneko' or 'nekomusume' colloquially diminutive, sexualized, or offensive?

posted by j_curiouser to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: By "middle two connecting glyphs" do you mean け?

If not, ignore this. If so, the reason you can't find instructions for this on a kanji website is because this is not kanji but instead hiragana, and specifically the one romanized as ke. I don't have a link at the moment (or too much leeway to do searching) to a hiragana stroke order site, but hiragana, katakana and kanji all follow the same stroke order principles.

(Apologies if you already know this -- you mentioned you were a newbie so I thought it couldn't hurt to point it out!)
posted by andrewesque at 11:31 AM on March 17, 2016 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Yes, it's the hiragana "ke". Here's an animation for it on Wikimedia.
posted by tomboko at 11:48 AM on March 17, 2016 [1 favorite]

Best answer: jisho.org will do stroke order.

I'm using it, along with an android app or two and kanjidamage for a mouthy radicals-based approach, (intro).

all of which is via /r/LearnJapanese.
posted by sebastienbailard at 12:49 AM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: arigato!
posted by j_curiouser at 8:11 PM on March 19, 2016

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