The "I just finished RTK1, please congratulate me" thread.

Nice one you can devote yourself entirely to your spreadsheet!!

Just kiddingSmile
Congratulations, mspertus!

Your stories have helped me on several occasions. Just this morning, I used your image for fruit (frame 1121).
Yay, congratulations!
mspertus Wrote:Just did it!

Woo hoo!
Congratulations Mike! Keep up the good work.
Yatta! *in a REALLY high pitched Japanese Female Voice*

I finally entered the story for Kanji #2042.

I started Heisig 2 years ago and been studying off-and-on(to varying degrees
of success). I have the 8-kyuu Kanken in 2 weeks and the JLPT 2 in December(I've
never taken any other JLPT exams before).

Studying Heisig is SO much easier with this website.
It's really what pushed me to finish everything. Of course,
it's only the beginning. I'll still be review everyday. Finally,
I will be able to achieve my dream of reading comics and
playing video games in Japanese.

In the coming months, I plan to take the Kanken exams
to increase my vocabulary. I'll see how that goes.

Wish me luck.
Thanks so much.
Edited: 2006-10-16, 2:19 am
Well done chamcham!
Btw, I use your stories all the time...
Good luck in your exams! Maybe you can let us know afterwards how the tests went and how you felt about trying to remember the the kanji under pressure...
Take care,
Quote:I started Heisig 2 years ago and been studying off-and-on
Two years ago ? Wow, congratulations for holding onto your goal all this time and on completing RTK 1!

All the best with the Kanken!

I would love to do it, seeing as it's a lot of writing, but it looks like you need to study the readings too.
Thanks. I'll tell you how it goes.
I only have a 1.5 weeks left.

I doubt I'll pass, but I'll do my best.

Yeah, for the Kanken you have to know the readings.
But for the levels 7,8,9,and 10, you are ONLY tested on
the Kanji for that level. Since I'm taking Level 8, it should
be manageable.
chamcham Wrote:But for the levels 7,8,9,and 10, you are ONLY tested on
the Kanji for that level. Since I'm taking Level 8, it should
be manageable.
Where did you see that?

My table of all the different tests (In a kanji kentei review book) says that you need to know 440 kanji for level 8, and 640 for level 7. Maybe it's that every question involves a character from that level?

"Even after I became aware of the nature of both tests, the Nihongou Noryoku Shiken and the Kanji Kentei, I kept taking these tests for several reasons. (I have passed levels 10-7.) The Kanji Kentei

--can be taken 3 times a year (June, October, Feruary);
--is not expensive (level 8 costs 1,500 yen, levels 7-pre 2 cost 2,000 yen);
--is good for checking progress if you are preparing for the Nouryoku Shiken;
--takes only one hour;
--test-takers get the answer key immediately after the test;
--up to level 7, only kanji for that level is tested;
--test results also contain a written evaluation."

So although you need to know all the kanji from previous levels, you only be tested on Kanji for that level only. So for level 7, their will kanji in levels 8,9,10 in the sentences, but the questions themselves will only involve Kanji from Level 7.
Edited: 2006-10-22, 7:53 pm
I CAN'T BELIEVE I'VE *FINALLY* FINISHED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! Just got thru reviewing 2,042 just now! WOOO! Wow, I almost feel more satisfied/accomplished now than when I turned in my (master's) thesis about 3 years ago.... :-)

Anyway, what can I did take me a long time to go through this book (a little less than 9 months) but that's only because I took ~1 month off (twice) due to other commitments like research (trying to finish up PhD thesis), teaching (currently I am a teaching assistant for a big course here at MIT) and planning my wedding. Oh well...9 months is pretty short, considering i have been studying Japanese for about 3 years now and had always struggled with the Kanji before discovering Heisig.

I guess the proof of how well the Heisig method works can be seen by how utterly shocked native Japanese people are when they see how well you can recall and write kanji that they might not even know how to write very well. (I recently met some native Japanese people who upon looking through my notebook that i use to practice kanji, pointed to the character for "vine" and said it was a rather rare kanji that even they hadn't been tought in school, and were a bit unsure of its meaning!) They were really, really amazed that I had learned how to write all jouyou kanji in just 9 months, and commented how it takes native Japanese ~8 years or more to learn pretty much the same number of kanji in the traditional way!! The shock isn't just felt by the Japanese though...other American students trying to learn Japanese are also quite taken aback when they casually ask me "So, how many kanji do you know?" and I'm like "Well, pretty much all of the general-use kanji, which is about 2,000." That usually results in a wide-eyed response, like "Really?? How long did that take?? 5 years??" At this point I don't know whether to let them think I'm some sort of genius with a photographic memory (clearly not!) than explain to them about the Heisig method... Big Grin

Anyways, I always looked forward to the day when I'd get to 2,042 and could say I finished this book! This is a major milestone!! Go me!! Smile

9 months, minus a couple 1 month breaks? That's quite an admirable pace.

Big up yourself Sweetneet!
Wow... I can't believe it either... I've just completed kanji 2042... I've just "#$%#$ completed kanji 2042!!!!! Woooohoooo!

It's taken me years to get here. After a long break at about the halfway mark I discovered this site which was responsible for getting me back into Heisig. I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to all of you here. Without your shared stories and support through the forums, I don't think I would have made it.

And thankyou Fabrice!

Now I have the arduous task of making sure I learn the first half of the book just as well as the second. They are actually still in my untested stack, so I don't know if I can truly claim to have finished (although I did make stories and review them once upon a time on my Palm).
Congratulations, rgravina!

I remember years ago when you were first working through RTK and sent in some corrections to the Heisig index. It's inspiring to see another lapsed Heisig student pick up the book again and finish. This site really does make the difference between finishing and giving up.

ziggr Wrote:Congratulations, rgravina!

I remember years ago when you were first working through RTK and sent in some corrections to the Heisig index. It's inspiring to see another lapsed Heisig student pick up the book again and finish. This site really does make the difference between finishing and giving up.

For statistics: I started with the book in May of last year, and got to about ~#900...950 until October of that year. After which I kinda stopped (reviewing from time to time, using KingKanji, which was not that convenient), due to time constraints.
This July I found this site and Twinkle review program, which were instrumental in me continuing this, completing the book a couple weeks ago.
ziggr Wrote:I remember years ago when you were first working through RTK and sent in some corrections to the Heisig index.
Thanks Ziggr! I remember that too... it was years ago Smile And thanks again for that index. I must have grepped it a thousand times by now!
Nice on rgravina! I'm using a few of your stories. Off the top of my head, gutter springs to mind. Don't think you could have a story with fewer words! Cheers
I just added the last of RTK1's cards to my set. WOOHOO!
At last! I just added the last cards a few minutes ago. It has been a long 1.5 years with active and inactive periods. Without this site I would have given up around 500 because I didn't know of any program that could help me with reviewing.

I still have about 40 cards in the failed stack, but I feel they wont stay there long Smile
Well done inuki and Pauline. I've stalled with about 200 to go...but hope to join you soon!
yea, a big well done to all the new "finishers" hope this leads onto greater and better things for you.
Congratulations on achieving this significant milestone!!!
My turn.

I just crossed the 2042 finish line today. I won't be clicking the "Add __ new cards." button again this year.

This my third attempt. The first, over ten years ago, failed at around 700. The second, three years ago, failed at 900 kanji. I still have a shoebox filled with handwritten flashcards, divided into 5 compartments of increasing size, in an early stone-age version of the Leitner system. I might have a flashcard bonfire tonight in celebration.

This was also to be my final attempt: either finish this book by Christmas or give up and switch to a less challenging hobby. My literacy had hit a plateau, and without learning kanji, it could progress no further. I'm thrilled to have finally made it through this hurdle.

I learned 1500 kanji in 3 months. In September, with around 500 kanji already (re)learned, I set myself to a schedule of 100 kanji per week, and stuck to it.

As the weeks went by, I noticed that I could read more and more of the kanji flashing by on the TV during J-doramas, and especially during the credits as all the names flashed by. I can pick up a high school-level novel and recognize almost all of the kanji now. Manga is far easier to read, often without any dictionary at all (pictures and context help a lot). My ever-increasing literacy provided much-needed motivation.

This last week, with 150 kanji to go, it became a sprint to the finish line. I no longer cared that adding 30-50 cards would cause massive reviews in 3 days. I didn't care if my recall rate dropped. I was going to cross that 2042 line. Reading Immacolata's comment on frame 1928 単 simple was like reading my own mind:
Immacolata Wrote:Today begins my reach 2042 marathon.
I quite definitely could not have finished without the Leitner automation built into this website, nor without the many creative and memorable stories contributed by those who have gone before me. Thank you.
Edited: 2006-12-10, 6:34 pm