Taking the world less travelled

Remembering the Kanji Warm Up

Posted by on Oct 24, 2007 in Language | 0 comments


Yesterday and today I’ve been practising studying 50 kanji/day just to see what it’s like. I’m not officially starting until November, but I want to get a bit ahead because, even though tomorrow is my last day of uni for the year, I have an exam half way through November and I’ll probably take a few days break from the Kanji to study from it. I can see now that this is going to take a lot of time, but I think I can do it. Here has been my process so far.

  • Read quickly through the book, write down the kanji to get the stroke order and pay attention to the primitives that Hesig introduces, but not so much to the stories.
  • Add cards to the Reviewing the Kanji website and then “test” myself on them. By this I mean go through and fail them all except for kanji I am really really familiar with, and guaranteed never to fail. By using this method, the kanji then appear in the “study” area of the site.
  • This next step is the most time consuming step, but it is 100 times quicker than it could be thanks to the website. When studying a new kanji, I pick a story I like that has already been submitted by someone else (unless a story really pops up at me), and then I usually modify it a bit so it fits me better. I also write down the kanji and the story into my note book – I learn best from writing things down rather than just reading them.
  • I expect my workload to build up very quickly. I believe I will be taking a kanji worksheet made by the Practice Pages Auto-Creator to work so that I can do some extra review of the new kanji I have added. As for failed kanji, my first priority will be clearing out the first and second piles. My last priority will be the last pile. I don’t think with that pile it will matter too much with the spaced repetition if I delay my review for a few days, and will probably only review those piles (when my expired cards start building up) on one of my two “catch up” days I have each week.


For now I’m trying to keep a head of the game because you will never know when life will get in the way. For the moment, I have 276 kanji in the RTK website. At the moment I’m pretty confident I know almost none of the 100 I’ve added in the past two days, which is fine right now but will suck in a week or two’s time when there will be 500 kanji I don’t know. So I really will have to be reviewing these new kanji during the day and then adding new kanji at night. Eeek! But I’m prepared to do it and I think it will be worth it in the long run… I guess we’ll see…



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