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  • Each kana and kanji has a correct stroke order (usually up to down, left to right). It may not be the same as is used in Chinese for the same character.
  • Do not try to learn too many - aim at about three a day, but revise everything you already know.
  • Use every opportunity to write the kana and kanji you have learnt.
  • About 75% of kanji consist of a radical on the left indicating the general area of meaning (tree, fish, stone, etc.) and a phonetic element on the right that gives you a rough idea of the Sino-Japanese reading (on'yomi). There is a basic system - make the most of it.