I am back to studying kanji. Before I was using James W. Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji to learn meanings of all Jōyō kanji. I finished the first book in about six months. I still remember some of the meanings and can easily write almost any kanji once I see it, but the overall system did not work for […]
I was toying with an idea of a calendar decorated with kanji (Chinese characters). Here is my take on it. The months and season names are printed with an inkjet printer. Kanji and background are handpainted with acrylic gouache. Kanji are floating above the surface of the calendar. I think it turned out pretty well.
Anki Flashcard for Heisig’s RTK 6th Ed. I guess it is an important point for me. I managed to learn about 1000 kanji in less than half a year and I can actually write them, while in almost 2.5 years of Japanese language classes I have learned only about 200-250. Of course, the ones I […]
I finally managed to cross the 700 kanji point, which is about ⅓ of jōyō kanji (常用漢字, literally “regular-use Chinese characters”, the full list can be found here). And while I am doing pretty well — my average retention rate is about 70% — I am experiencing some difficulties. First of all it is getting harder […]
I wanted to write at least once a week, but the last month I was busy with paperwork, midterms, and my life. I will try to improve, though. My kanji learning does not go as fast as I would like. Nonetheless I am on frame 575. It is about 25% of all kanji in RTK-1. […]
Over the past three years I tried different methods for kanji learning. And none of them really worked. I guess the main problem was that kanji did not make sense — neither order nor the way they are written. I was writing them again and again trying to memorise readings, meaning, and compounds. And it […]
The first day of the new year is the best time for new beginnings and making year-long plans. There are several things I want to accomplish this year.
Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji, 6th Edition I am finishing lesson 12, which is the last lesson in the first part of “Remembering the Kanji vol. 1” by James Heisig. I am on 288 frame now, but I know some more kanji from the future lessons. At the moment the number of kanji I can recognise (but […]