How many people here practice kanji by writing them by hand?
When I first started WK I tried to practice hand writing every kanji I encountered, but that limited my progress and I wanted to level up faster. From time to time I have tried to return to hand writing practice, but at level 20, 30 or 40 it’s kind of difficult to decide where to start. And writing kanji encountered in WK means seeking up the stroke order from jisho.org, which is time consuming.
All this time I’ve had Basic Kanji Book gathering dust in the bookshelf. This week I decided that what the heck, I’m going through this from the beginning. I had done random exercises really haphazardly in all lessons between lesson 1 and 10, it wasn’t pretty I tell you. Now I’ve completed four lessons already and am eager to reach lesson 11, which I haven’t touched at all.
And I’ve noticed a really cool feeling! In the beginning of each lesson you just practice copying the kanji and in the end you have to write them without any visual help, only by recalling them. Being able to do that feels really awesome! I can now write 鳥 and 馬 from memory! Somehow this is one of the most empowering emotions I’ve felt during this entire time studying Japanese.
I’m definitely going to continue practicing writing kanji by hand. In fact, someday I want to be able to write letters in Japanese. (Just have to figure out to whom - my Japanese friends are younger than me and would probably find hand written letters weird. )
If you haven’t practiced writing kanji by hand, give it a try! See how it goes for a week. I’m sure you will feel good about your progress!