Learn how kanji ACTUALLY work! – Outlier Linguistics

Become a master at learning kanji!

with Outlier Linguistics

In this three-month course you'll not only learn 300 kanji, you'll also learn how kanji actually work and how to learn them more effectively!

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Revealing the logic of the Japanese writing system

Kanji are composed of functional components—components which express sound and meaning

We'll teach you how these components work and how to use them to recall kanji more effectively

You'll also learn how to use this knowledge to learn new kanji more efficiently in the future

A 90-day comprehensive course on Chinese characters! Starts 4 February 2019.

We've been teaching a course at ICLP—one of the world's most prestigious Chinese language schools—for years. Now we're adapting the content for Japanese and making it available to the public for the first time as an online course!

You'll get lifetime access to over a dozen video lessons about kanji and how to learn them, plus you'll learn:

  • ◆ 300 kanji, specially curated to teach you how kanji actually work
  • ◆ all about functional components in kanji
  • ◆ how to learn new kanji more efficiently
  • ◆ how to recall kanji you've learned more reliably
  • ◆ tips for learning vocabulary

This course does not require you to own or use any of our other products—it's entirely self-contained! But we will provide you with a discount code in case you do wish to purchase any of our products.

Note: Select "Office Hours" instead of "Basic" for weekly 60-min Q&A sessions with an Outlier team member!


  1. 1. Intro to the course/what to expect
  2. 2. Needs of non-native learners vs. native learners
  3. 3. Functional components and non-functional components
  4. 4. You can't trust your eyes (not all components are what they appear at first glance)
  5. 5. Functional component types
  • ◆ Form Components
  • ◆ Meaning Components
  • ◆ Sound Components
    • -Sound series (kanji containing the same sound component)
  • ◆ Empty Components
    • -Kanji Corruption
  1. 6. How to learn new kanji
  2. 7. All about onyomi and kunyomi
  3. 7. The benefits of learning the Outlier way

What our customers are saying:

"I bought this. It has helped me recognise and even pronounce characters I have never seen before thanks to my recognition of patterns from the explanations."

Soroush Torkian (Canada)

"After a lot (really a lot) of failed tests with different books, apps and methods, the only way that the hanzi sticks in my mind is ODCC's brief, concise and REAL explanation!"

Alessandro Agostinetti (Italy)

"This project is exactly what i was wishing for since i started learning Chinese with Pleco years ago."


Wieland Schultz (Germany)


"Every so often a really good resource comes along. It's The Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters."

-Prof. Victor Mair
University of Pennsylvania

"I feel like I have a virtual 1-on-1 Chinese teacher, giving me a better sense of how the writing system functions."

-Dr. David Moser
Yenching Academy, Peking University

"They have put a lot of thought into how foreigners learn Chinese, and they’ve come up with a better way to learn characters."

-John Pasden
AllSet Learning & Mandarin Companion



Course starts 7 January 2019

Satisfaction Guarantee

We're so confident that you'll be satisfied with our course that we're offering a 100% money back guarantee. If you follow along with all of our course materials and aren't satisfied by the end of the course, just let us know and we'll give you a full refund!