My lame title joke is lame.
If you read my personal blog, you know that I have obtained volumes 1 through 3 of the Remembering the Kanji series. If you don’t know about the series, it’s basically just a method for remembering kanji (if that wasn’t obvious from the title). Instead of bombarding you with stroke order, readings, and meaning, it just lets you focus on the stroke order (the “writing” portion) and the meaning for the first book, the second one on the meanings.
I was sort of in debate if I should start the first Remembering the Kanji book now or if I should save it for later. I ended up deciding to use it now. I’m sure it will take me a while to get through the book. I’m also sure it would help me a lot at remembering the kanji inside of my textbook. There’s a lot of it.
As of right now, I’m on lesson 3 of the book (also, coincidentally, in retaking my Japanese notes). So far I see to remember everything I’ve read. I would love to go into detail and show you examples of how the book works, but I can’t from the fact I don’t know the readings. I know the meanings, I know how to write it out by hand, but I don’t know how to read it.
I’m sure someone reading it will probably come to me and be like “Kelly, you’ll need to learn how to read it one day” or be like “that’s bad that you don’t know how to read it” or something along those lines that will make me cringe because I already know this. Not only do I know this, but I will actually be doing something about it. I didn’t buy the second volume of the book for nothing, you know! You know, the one that focuses on the reading portion? Not to mention, with the amount of Japanese material I read, I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up on quite a bit. I know if doesn’t seem like I know what I’m doing, but I do. At least a more firm idea than I did four years ago.
I actually really like the book so far. I’m hoping I don’t lose focus, slack off, and forget. That happens sort of easily for me, not necessarily because I get lazy, but rather I have other, more time-consuming things. Granted, everything I do seems time consuming except for singing and dancing. I should probably start “alternating” when I do and don’t do things or something. I’m not sure. I probably shouldn’t even be writing about this here since this isn’t my personal blog, but meh.
I’ll have to see where I am in a few weeks. I’ll report back then on this particular subject.