Hello. So this was a great way to prepare myself psychologically at the start of each lesson, and to know what to expect, or what others went through. Thanks @fronyo for your dedication. I finished RtK1 almost two weeks ago, and I already know what I can do to start repaying this great community for the website, their stories, their tools and their support. Since the Walkthrough was made only for the 4th edition of RtK1, the extra 6 lessons with 156 kanji of the RtK1 Supplement aren't included. I wrote a review for each of these lessons. Feel free to add them below Fronyo's entries. I can't create an account and add them myself, so maybe someone who has a wiki account could do it for me.
RTK1 SUPPLEMENT WALKTHROUGH - Introduction
If you finished the 2042 kanji from the 4th edition of RtK1, there’s still 156 kanji more to learn in the RtK1 Supplement: https://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/ja/files/201...lement.pdf
. This makes a total of 2200 kanji (the 6th edition of RtK1 was updated to include all of them). Going through the supplement feels like going through the whole book again, albeit ten times faster. It’s a good review of most of the primitives introduced in the book, as well as a good introduction to traditional and simplified forms of primitives and kanji. You will also notice that, in comparison, the keywords are a bit more obscure and inaccurate sometimes (Heisig tries to fit them with all the other 2000+ keywords without clashing), but on the other hand the Koohii stories are generally of better quality (before 2010 most of these stories were only written, seen and voted by people doing RtK3). Also, note that while the supplement does include essential kanji like 俺 or 誰, it also includes kanji that are only used frequently in a specific word (examples: 曖昧 or 挨拶). In these latter cases it probably makes sense learning the word with the kanji too, since it’s where you’ll see the kanji in 99% of the cases! Anyway, brace yourself, and let’s sprint to the finish!
Lesson 57 [+18] [→2060] [~140]
Did you miss Heisig’s stories in Part One?
Then you’re in for a treat here. I liked reading Heisig again, even if just for the nostalgia. His full stories here are actually not that bad (in Part One I only found like 10% of them to be useful, here it was about 33%), and they’re not too long either. Be careful with the inaccurate keywords for 唄, 貼 and 汰. Otherwise this lesson will be VERY easy by this stage, and a nice review of the primitives that you learned long ago now.
Lesson 58 [+21] [→2081] [~119]
Time to relive Part Two in this lesson. Actually, I didn’t find a big difference between Heisig’s comments in this lesson and the previous one, funnily enough. The usefulness of his stories did go back down to 10% for me, unfortunately. I also had to look up the keywords for 詮, 訃 and 妖, since I’m not a native English speaker. In this lesson you will start to note significant differences between traditional and modern versions of certain kanji, like 喩 and 葛. You also encounter 妖 and 沃, which means it’s time to note the difference between 夭 and 天, if you hadn’t already. Heisig did not make a difference between them in previous editions of RtK1 and we can now see why that was a mistake. Fortunately he did correct this in the 6th edition.
Lesson 59 [+32] [→2113] [~087]
Back to Part Three, i.e. no Heisig ramblings. This lesson reminded me of the tough heart, state of mind and hand-related primitives from the burdensome lessons 22 and 23. You should already be a pro dealing with those, probably with personifications like “Data” or “Fingers the Thief”. It took me personally a while to come up with a good story for 弄, 桁, 稽, 勃, 膝 and 箋. Some keywords like 萎 and 勾 can definitely be improved. All in all, not the easiest primitives, 10 more kanji than the previous two lessons and some obscure keywords. Definitely a step up in difficulty since the beginning of the supplement. But we’re kanji masters by now, we can tackle this and much more.
With the end of this lesson you’re through halfway of the supplement and you have less than 100 kanji left!
Lesson 60 [+30] [→2143] [~057]
I was glad to see Mr T again. Apart from him, there aren’t really any primitive groupings in this lesson. Don’t trip here: there are some tricky shapes (see 傲, 臼, 彙 and 釜), abstract keywords (伎, 俺 and 弥) and especially keywords that you might easily confuse with previous ones (侶, 俺, 膳, 斬, 毀, 溺, 阜, 踪, 鍋 and 窟 – I ended up changing the keywords for most of these kanji to avoid confusion). Special mention goes to basket/cage, which has two official entries in Koohii (篭 and 籠), yet both are one same kanji (the traditional form is still used much more than the newer, simplified form). Definitely do not rush this lesson, even if you’re sprinting, since these aren’t straight forward kanji for the most part.
Lesson 61 [+28] [→2171] [~029]
In contrast to the previous lesson, I found Heisig’s keywords here quite accurate and ended up changing very few. With the exception of 爽, there’s also no “strange-shape” kanji. The challenge for me here was recalling certain kanji components which had only appeared once before in the book, like in 緻, 畿, 遜, 湧, 瑠, 璃, 塞, 醒, 捻 and 慄. You won’t have this problem if you follow the 6th edition order, but if you do the supplement after the 4th edition order, it’s a good idea to review the kanji components learned a while ago and try to repeat some of the imagery used there, like Heisig suggests. Be careful also with the overlapping meaning of 瑠, 藍 and 璃 – different shades of blue require different kanji apparently! Anyway, once you’re done you’ll have less than 30 kanji left! Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?
Lesson 62 [+29] [→2200] [~000]
This last lesson starts with a small grouping of sickness-related kanji. Time to dust off the sick/caveman primitive. Afterwards you’ll get a few strange shapes (那, 貌), strange keywords (潰, 柵, 舷, 畏) and, finally, the infamous “gloom” kanji 鬱, with a total of 29 strokes! Enjoy Heisig’s last story, which is certainly the longest he has written. Admit it, once you learn 鬱, it will become the kanji you will repeatedly write in front of your friends to show off your hard-gained kanji skills.
All in all, this last lesson is not difficult, and it’s a relief that except with 鬱, you don’t have to finish this long journey with too complicated kanji. Last lap, you can do it! Valeant benefici, poenas dent malefici!
Lesson 63 [+0] [→2200] [~000]
Trolled! There is no lesson 63! =D You’re done with the Kanji Supplement and with RtK1 – congratulations!! Make sure to celebrate this special day in your life in a way that is memorable in the future. Well done, Kanji Master, now good luck in the rest of your journey to Japanese proficiency!