No, thank you. Thanks for generously sharing all those stories with me that have left me with only a few Kanji to yet master. Needless to say, I will be joining the elite ranks of POST-RTKers soon. Very soon.
Now since all these days, I have been doing Kanji when I should have been studying for my engineering entrance examinations which I would be giving after an year. Long story. So after completing RTK1 within the week, if I keep doing reviews of RTK1 for the entire year as a break from all that high-level Math; I should be very thorough with all the Kanji of RTK1. Since I can only afford half an hour a day for RTK1 for this year, I WOULDN'T BE STARTING RTK2 or the various core decks because I get easily distracted. :'(
Besides, a lot of people here say that doing RTK thoroughly would immensely strengthen your Japanese writing foundation. If at all I study Japanese this year, I would only be reviewing RTK1 till the exams. So, reviewing RTK1 for an entire year as a break. What do you guys think?
Additionally, please wish me luck for the exams. I need it.
From: Chicago Registered: 2011-12-24 Posts: 224 Website
Don't do it, lol. Keep reviewing RTK but make it easy on yourself and get it out of the way and do Core 2k/6k or KO2001. While learning the Kanji is important, its not the actual language where the real enjoyment comes from.
If you're not going to be learning any more Japanese then yeah, you should keep those reviews up or you'll lose all the work if it's such a long break.
One of the ideas with RTK is that after you're done then you can move on to "real" studies and learning, using your familiarization with the kanji as a base. Exposure or vocabulary study (whatever your preferred methods are) should actually take over as the main way of reviewing the characters, and also fill in the remaining parts that RTK doesn't teach. I think whether you did RTK thoroughly or half-assedly doesn't matter so much in the longer run since the real learning is supposed to fill you in with what you don't know, it's just that being familiar with the characters makes the real learning a lot easier.
Hopefully as you keep reviewing, the amounts of cards due will decrease and give you time over for other learning? Otherwise, just don't stop reviewing or you'll forget everything.
If you spend some time commuting, get a mobile device and load it with Anki, Japanese dictionaries, Japanese music, podcasts, videos, an offline capable RSS reader to read Japanese articles, Japanese books, etc.
You can squeeze a lot into that commuting time and get a lot of study + exposure..