That’s it. It’s done. 2,050 kanji learned in exactly 33 days. I now know the MEANINGS of as many kanji as most Japanese people including quite a few that they don’t even know. Thank you, James W. Heisig!
Some of the more useful characters I’ve learned include wisteria (a type of flower), vicariously, T’ang Dynasty, “an area equal to two tatami mats,” diarrhea, straw rope, silkworm, animal sacrifice, promontory, paulownia (a type of tree), horse chestnut, and feudal clan. Why waste my time learning such seemingly irrelevant kanji, you ask? Names, my friends…names. Well, not diarrhea. That’s not so common in names. But you know what I mean.
And now begins the arduous task of solidification. If I run through the entire box of flashcards, I still only get roughly 90% right – meaning that I miss an unacceptably high number somewhere around 200. Once I’ve got the meanings down, it’s time for readings. Then compounds and vocab.
But first, I’m off to party like it’s 1999!