Sometimes kanji loves me and other times it kicks my ass. I’m sure a lot of you have felt the same way. I decided to pick up my sword and go in swinging wildly at my foe and friend-漢字.
Really though, don’t go in swinging wildly with any sword. It’s your best chance at getting locked up, hurting yourself, or being wiped out completely in Devil May Cry.
I joined this challenge on Japanese Level Up, otherwise known as Jalup, which is a wonderful site with a great community of Japanese learners. The blog posts and comments are inspirational and helpful. You can definitely pick up some new tips and methods from them so if you’ve never stopped by the site before, go ahead and try it out: http://japaneselevelup.com/
Here’s the challenge I’m doing: http://japaneselevelup.com/jalup-group-challenge-the-summer-of-rtk/ (Can you find my comment? :3)
What I’ll basically be doing from June 1st to August 31st is learning kanji as a separate system- the same way we learn hiragana and katakana, but with RTK (Remembering the Kanji by Heisig) through Anki, a SRS (spaced repetition system). Now, I’ve tried it before and quit too early because I’m not very fond of SRS even though it does help me sometimes. I have a hard time staying consistent with things these days and I hate hate hate that about myself. (Just look at how often I update this blog…) I used to be so hard-working, but now I find it difficult to keep up with anything. Enough of me complaining about me.
What I’ve been doing to learn kanji, and what I prefer to do, is to learn them as I see them. When my textbook introduces 15-25 kanji, that’s what I learn. If I see a particular character a lot, I learn how to write it and try to iron it into my memory. If I learn a couple new words, I always write the kanji out and not just the hiragana. However, I won’t try too hard to remember these. I’d just passively learn it. In Japanese class I was so ambitious and eager to learn kanji and it really paid off. I actually pick them up quickly. Can you naturally have a thing for learning kanji?
A lot of Japanese learners have done the RTK method successfully and well, I’d like to be one of them. I’m going to give this my best shot. I’m going to learn 20 kanji each day and keep up with my reviews on anki. It’ll be easy while I’m going throw the couple hundred kanji I know and am familiar with, but once those new ones start coming in, woo it’s gonna be a party. And by party, I mean battleground.
If I do manage to complete this challenge successfully, I’ll be able to spend more time and effort on other areas like reading and learning grammar. Actually, reading would become a lot easier for me because although I may not know the pronunciation of the word, I’ll know the meaning and won’t have to cry every time I come across blocks of kanji. It’ll ease the learning process up a bit. This is my main reason for wanting to try this out.
And so, my readers, I proudly announce that I am now part of 夏の漢字ライダーズ or Summer Kanji Riders. Just look at that name, haha. Love it. I wish I posted this earlier so that anyone could join the challenge as well, but May 31st was the last day to post that you were joining. Do feel free to still try it out if you’d like to.
Hey, ever have that moment when you’re writing a blog post and want to add pictures but you don’t wanna randomly add just any picture so you just internally cry about the big block of text you wrote and hope that none of your readers get bored with all the words? Or is that just me?
Yes… I went back and took a picture of a random page in my kanji dictionary just to ease up the words.