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Remembering the Kanji, Volume I by James W. Heisig
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Feb 15, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: reference, nonfiction
Recommended for: anyone studying Japanese

Love, love, love this book. Between RTK, Anki, and kanji.koohii.com, I learned the (English) meanings and writing of over 2,000 kanji in 89 days. I averaged 22.9 kanji per day and studied for 136.8 hours. Of course, now that I've entered all of the kanji into Anki, I have to keep reviewing. But I love this method of learning kanji.

When I see an unfamiliar kanji, I can now break it down into radicals and figure out how to write it. Before RTK, kanji was just a bunch of scribbles. More than anything else, I believe this book gives the Japanese language learner the confidence to tackle any kanji. And since kanji is generally considered the most difficult part of learning the language, it's all downhill from here!
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Reading Progress

January 6, 2011 – Started Reading
February 15, 2011 – Shelved
February 15, 2011 –
page 212
41.09%
February 16, 2011 –
page 223
43.22%
February 22, 2011 –
page 243
47.09%
March 6, 2011 –
page 294
56.98%
March 12, 2011 –
page 328
63.57%
March 22, 2011 –
page 382
74.03%
April 4, 2011 – Finished Reading
April 25, 2011 – Shelved as: reference
April 25, 2011 – Shelved as: nonfiction

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