Started around Memorial Day of May and finished just this past Tuesday. Feeling overwhelmed but accomplished. There's much more ahead of me.
I've actually went halfway through RTK in the past (literally close to 10yr ago) but never finished.
Came back to Japan this year and this time and started over. This time I've managed to finish it (RTK 6th edition).
It took me about 5month. I did take a long break from adding new cards near the end as I was having a hard time remembering everything.
I am really happy to have finished finished RTK. I certainly feel I've improved at both writing and recognizing Kanji. I think it will have a positive impact on my Japanese level and ability to pick up vocabulary.
Like many other people I have some issue with RTK:
- Obscure or difficult English keyword (even more so for non native English speaker)
- Easy to confuse similar keyword
- Some of the 2200 are hardly ever used
I've started adding Japanese keyword/word in addition to the Japanese one which helps somewhat.
At the end, I think RTK is a nice way to get familiar with all the kanji. (work better for some people than other). It is however very clear to me that RTK1 is just the first step.
Now I just need to keep motivated to continue RTK review each day. I am also trying to read a lot more Japanese.
So it finally happened. I chipped away at it until there was nothing left. 2200 kanji studied. Boom.
Funny how I was expecting it to be done in May of this year and it took until December. But, patience and commitment and taking small steps is what got me through. I see people finishing it in months and I can only wonder how when it's taken me over three-and-a-half years (with some big interruptions). I think the way I flew through the last 100 kanji in about 20 days has helped me see how. I don't think the point though is how long it takes, but that the journey reaches the end.
I have yet to feel the catharsis of reaching the end of RTK1, but I am looking forward to kanji time being just revisions and not feeling I have to learn "just one more" kanji. Still, that's going to be coming up again when I come out of a hopefully short hiatus and start to tackle RTK2. That, I imagine, will be a much more drawn out process and not as structured. My goal before I start to seriously learn Japanese was to "learn the alphabet" so to speak. It's something I'd wanted to do since my early teens. Over a decade later, the back has been broken.
This is all in huge thanks for everyone for making this website and contributing their stories. Having something already crystallised made the process so much easier for me to learn them. And, if the stories presented didn't resonate with me, I could get something to crystallise (even if it took a few weeks) on its own accord in my brain, check other people's stories and see if I could get my own story to work for me somehow. This site has been a godsend and I'm sure I would have given up once I got past the first chapter of Part III.
Sadly I don't have any good sake to celebrate this achievement, but I have some nice scotch that I'm going to pour instead.
Edited: 2016-12-22, 7:28 am
This was one of my best experiences of my entire life. I can't express how grateful I am to the users of this forum. I was never an active user but reading through these pages kept me motivated when success seemed impossible.
These are my stats so far:
- 110 days
- 20 kanji a day
- 1 hour review on the morning train to the office
- 1 hour study on the evening train back home
- never skipped a review
- 95% learning 90% young 80% mature
I can't wait to move to grammar and vocabulary. This is just the tip of the iceberg, just one small step, but it feels so good, oh god, it feels so good.
Good job to everyone who already wrote here in the past, and good luck to everybody who's reading, craving for the moment 2200 finally comes.
Never. Ever. Quit.
Edited: 2017-01-12, 3:09 pm
Done! Around 4 months.
I used anki to study. 2200 words are not too difficult.
I think I will continue study 800 remaining words.
Congrats me xD
Started in 2011 and have made multiple attempts at this. Today I *Finally* finished this book.
I'm fairly conversational in Japanese and know several thousand words, so kanji became this huge barrier for progression for me and I was even turned down for a few jobs due to low reading ability after doing well during Japanese phone interviews.
I'm so happy it's over. Now to go re-learn all my vocabulary and more in full kanji!!
Valeant benefici, poenas dent malefici!
Edited: 2017-03-21, 9:28 pm
@mylastgg, @MrPrince & @theadamie: Congrats! Well done!
...And (kind of a bummer, but) don't forget to keep reviewing! It's really a small step in comparison with the benefits ;-) 頑張ってね！