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

Yatta~

@EveryoneBeforeMe & @jman0076: Congrats!
Finally finished just a couple of minutes ago and I also get to pop my name up on this wall Big Grin

It's been quite the journey, roughly took around 2½ Months to complete. The second half slowed down due to starting a summer internship and such but I prevailed and didn't let the learning slip! I'm honestly surprised at myself for accomplishing and I couldn't have done it without the amazing stories that the people before me have created!!

Now I'll be starting Genki 1 & 2, Tae Kim, Core 2K + etc, and eventually building my own deck from trying to read in context. I hope this is the right way to go about things as it's what I've seen from others, but I feel it's sort of correct for me.

Any advice on what others have done after completing this book would be great!
(I'll keep doing my RTK Reviews as I go along, I know I won't be rid of those for a while! D=)

Once again thanks Big Grin

Archie
Edited: 2016-08-21, 11:38 am
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(2016-08-21, 11:37 am)Archie Wrote: Yatta~

@EveryoneBeforeMe & @jman0076: Congrats!
Finally finished just a couple of minutes ago and I also get to pop my name up on this wall Big Grin

It's been quite the journey, roughly took around 2½ Months to complete. The second half slowed down due to starting a summer internship and such but I prevailed and didn't let the learning slip! I'm honestly surprised at myself for accomplishing and I couldn't have done it without the amazing stories that the people before me have created!!

Now I'll be starting Genki 1 & 2, Tae Kim, Core 2K + etc, and eventually building my own deck from trying to read in context. I hope this is the right way to go about things as it's what I've seen from others, but I feel it's sort of correct for me.

Any advice on what others have done after completing this book would be great!
(I'll keep doing my RTK Reviews as I go along, I know I won't be rid of those for a while! D=)

Once again thanks Big Grin

Archie

Nice work Archie,

Welcome to the club! I'm no expert, but the learning path you're describing is fairly similar to the one I have mapped out for myself; manually creating flashcards for new/interesting phrases, pre-loaded vocab. decks, level-appropriate reading and listening etc. I also use an app. called "Hello Talk" which you should definitely check out. You can easily make friends with JP people learning English, and then start correcting each others sentences straight away - plus it's free. It's an excellent way to develop your grammar and vocab. and connect with some cool people at the same time. It's not really a blog-style app, more like real-time chat.

See you on the other side.
Edited: 2016-08-22, 5:35 am
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Started around Memorial Day of May and finished just this past Tuesday. Feeling overwhelmed but accomplished. There's much more ahead of me.
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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.
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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
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(2016-12-22, 7:27 am)DyluckTRocket Wrote: 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.

Congratulations!
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(2016-12-22, 7:27 am)DyluckTRocket Wrote: 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.

Congratulations and Cheers my friend!
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Congrats and Merry Christmas! Big Grin
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DONE T________________________T

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
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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
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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
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@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!
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So, today is my 28th birthday. But that's not the only reason why this day is special for me. Today, 29th April at 18:10 (GMT+2), I finished the 2200 RtK1 6th edition kanji. I started the 1st of December of 2014, so it's taken me 2 years and 5 months. I set myself a goal in New Year's to finally finish by my birthday this year. It was realistic since it was within my pace (an average of 100 kanji/month since last summer, where I was slightly stuck in 1300 kanji). I just had to make sure I wouldn't slack off. And I've been lucky to combine it with my birthday, because I could actually have a party for finishing RtK! Smile

Man, it really does feel like a long, long way, and I even feel a bit emotional. Especially when checking the other milestone posts I wrote back in the day:

1/4: http://forum.koohii.com/thread-1166-post...#pid216727
1/2: http://forum.koohii.com/thread-966-post-...#pid231481
3/4: http://forum.koohii.com/thread-1505-post...#pid239757
Final Countdown: http://forum.koohii.com/thread-2714-post...#pid240879

I even created my only thread in this forum when I finished Part One: http://forum.koohii.com/thread-12444.html Back then I had learned the first 500+ kanji in one month (My whole time I was only doing Heisig, I've never had another month like that since then). I slowed down the pace drastically after that, but I rarely failed to at least do my reviews, and I kept going and going. Until today.

I want to thank:

1) James W. Heisig for thinking out of the box back in the 1970s and challenging the stubborn and mainstream method of learning kanji. The best parts of his method: separating writing and meaning from reading of kanji; revolutionary ordering of the kanji; naming of ALL components of a kanji. I bought Rtk1, RtK2 and RtK3 just to show my appreciation, even though I will probably not go through the 2nd and 3rd volumes as I've gone through the 1st.
2) Fabrice for having the brilliant idea of creating a site like this. I'm donating the equivalent of the RtK1 price.
3) Everyone who shared stories in Kanji Koohii. Thanks to you I spotted Heisig's weaknesses (bad keywords, occasional misnaming of primitives, etc.) and, what's MUCH more important - I had FUN while learning the kanji! I never could have imagined that Mr T, Spider-Man, Pokémon, etc. would have helped me learning kanji! Some of you also came up with very ingenious stories, and I had a great laugh reading some of your stories. I'm glad I went through the 20 top stories for each and every one of the 2200 characters, there's really some golden stories out there. I can't thank you as I thank Heisig and Fabrice, but at least I've shared most of my own stories in the site, hoping that others can also benefit from my grains of salt.
4) The creator of Anki. Amazing piece of software both for desktop and mobile devices that has kept all of those kanji in my memory. As revolutionary as I believe Heisig's method is, I don't believe I could have gone through more than 500 kanji without SRS. Creating flashcards manually like he suggests in the book would have been WAY TOO MUCH TIME! And still, you wouldn't know how to review them if you didn't know SRS fundamentals.
5) All of you who've shown support in my milestones (especially @faneca with your great post in the 3/4 milestone thread) and throughout the forums. This is a magnificent community, even with our occasional troll posters! ^^
6) Tim Berners-Lee, Allan Turing and all those who've made Internet and Computer Science what it is today.

So what now? I'm going to relax for a few days before I move on to my next challenge in Japanese. I will continue reviewing kanji, of course, at least until I pass JLPT1 in the (presumably) distant future. I'm at an intermediate level (approx JLPT3), except of course for writing kanji, which I'm over JLPT1 now. =) It's time to drill through some vocabulary and start putting some readings to those 2200 kanji. I'll also go through Tae Kim. My plans are not set, but I would like to return to Japan to do my PhD in maybe two years. I would like to have a decent level by then, maybe JLPT2, and then immerse myself totally there to become as fluent as I'm aiming to be, and get JLPT1 and more.

Man, I wish there was a Heisig equivalent for vocabulary, grammar and listening. Heisig was no joke, it was hard work, but it's definitely a shortcut to climb what is apparently the unsurmountable wall for non-Chinese foreigners: the "dreaded" kanji. With Heisig, however, kanji are your friends, and surprisingly, vocabulary and listening become tougher parts of the language!

For those of you who are not there yet: keep going! You'll eventually get there, like I did! 頑張って!For those of you who already finished: Valeant benefici, poenas dent malefici! Wink
Edited: 2017-04-29, 12:07 pm
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Finally, 3rd attempt. 2006, 2012 and now 2017! I even completed around 2000 Kanji in each attempt but then didn't keep up with my reviews for one reason or another.
This last time (I hope) I started at the end of March, not sure when exactly, and today I added the last few Kanji. So it was definitely under 90 days. I had to start from the beginning but still remembered quite a few of them after a quick refresher on the website.

This time I will keep up with my reviews and will also get on with all the other aspects of learning Japanese.

Thanks to James Heisig, Fabrice and of course the amazing community at the website and on this forum! You've really kept me motivated and shared an incredible amount of useful information that will keep me busy for years...
Edited: 2017-06-21, 3:24 pm
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60 days and 2227 kanji later, I'm done. I just about called it quits when I hit a wall around 1700, but I powered through it in the end.

Thank you to everyone who shared stories and to the people who keep this site going!
Edited: 2017-07-18, 6:07 pm
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