It still doesn’t make sense to be honest. I did nothing new for a week with all the radicals- then boom like 40 new words dumped on me at once. A few more days and boom it says another 42+ are ready. Learned my lesson this time and won’t do the lessons until I"m really done with the stuff I have on my plate right now.
This is what every other Japanese language site I’ve been to does. Teach a few basic things then a huge info-dump to really hit you hard and confuse the heck out of you.
They all claim to have science behind them, but science doesn’t cater for individuals and businesses should. And businesses which say they listen to all feedback and then say they won’t do anything with it shouldn’t bother asking for the feedback in the first place.
I’ve tried probably a dozen odd different sites, apps, games etc. and they’re all the same- none cater for individual needs. You all seem to just have your way which you claim is the best because and there’s no need to change anything. Well people aren’t statistics and personal customisation is not a detriment to learning, quite the opposite. I’m over 50 years old now and I’ve learned a few things in my life. I know what works for me and what doesn’t. Nobody else can possibly have the same sort of insight into how an individual learns than that person does- just from generalising based on statistical data.
Anyway, I like giving feedback even if it’s ignored, so here’s some more.
This place would be even more awesomer (than you already think it is) with the customisation I’m talking about.
***Let us choose which kanji to learn when- including which compound kanji from the originals. As in, just set a basic amount of kanji for each lesson like 6 or 10 or whatever it is and you scroll through the kanji and start off with those you’re most familiar with. You will get to learn the kanji you know even better and as you go you will need to choose more and more you’re unfamiliar with, but you’ll start off with what is easiest for you personally. Not based on some irrelevant statistical model.
(You could still start off with the radicals, they are fully customisable and it is a decent introduction to your method>)
Reason 1: To me it makes learning 10x harder when being taught words that are never used. “to insert”. as an example. I don’t use it daily, can’t think of any way I would use this. I could artificially think of something “insert key into lock” - that’s something I do every day but I never ‘think’ that word to go along with it. I do think a lot of other words though, so it’s easier to learn words I do use, surely?
Compared to let’s say blue, red and spirit- three kanji taught in the first year of school in Japan. Colours- super common so I can think 青あお and 赤あか every time I see something blue or red. Same with 気き which is not only a cool word/kanji but part of something just as common- the sky 天気。But you leave these easy to remember words until later.
This is a natural way to learn, at least for me. I see stuff every day and associate words with these things so what better place to start learning new words for things than the familiar? If the only place I’m ever going to practically see or think about a word is on a language app it’s not going to have much hold on my memory. This is no doubt at least partly why they choose to teach them to children first- and if children who are learning these as their first words can handle them why do you think we can’t?
Reason 2: So, you could still choose familiar words for us, but this is where a lot of language lessons fail me also. They focus a lot on people who are actually going to Japan and need to know how to order food in restaurants, use public transport, introduce yourself a hundred times a day to actual Japanese people etc. But again if we’re not doing these common things those lessons are useless to us- at least as beginners- cluttering up our heads with irrelevant information.
As someone who is exposing myself to Japanese by reading and listening to it for hours each day I want to, obviously, learn the words I am seeing and hearing repeatedly before anything else. They are words I am super motivated to learn. And when I learn them they lead to other words which complement them and my vocabulary grows naturally.
They are words that I already naturally see and hear every day so remembering them is not only easy it’s super fun.
On the other hand seeing and hearing so many words each day that I really want to learn and then going to study words that I won’t hear/see/need for a long time is the opposite of fun. Just boring and irrelevant right now. Sure, not everything has to be for right now, but the majority shouldn’t be for the big picture either.
Anyway, I think I’ve gotten my point across for what it’s worth. Nobody offers customisation and that would really be worth paying for. I really like the idea you have here of focussing on learning the words here since that is what my approach already is. I was hoping this could be the main place I learned but I really think there will be no such place for me after getting the same inflexibility everywhere so far.
I’ll just go back to plastering my house walls with words. It worked for the kana and the first 80 kanji and no doubt it will keep working as long as I keep putting effort into it. Soooo much cheaper than paying lots of different people for little bits of what is needed too.
I mean really, if I think I will be able to learn 魔法 quicker than 工 how does that hurt anyone?