Hey Guys! Would really appreciate someone’s advice on this:
I’ve been studying Japanese for over 8 years now, can speak conversationally at an intermediate level, and know about 400+ kanji.
I learned the kanji the “old school” way from the Basic Kanji book series by Bonjinsha Co./Kano Chieko and others in conjunction with the Kenneth G. Henshall book “A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters”. The Henshall book actually uses mnemonics and funny little blurbs, similar to WaniKani, to help you remember, but it’s no where near as effective as WaniKani’s system.
Anyway, my old method was basically learning kanji by stroke order and when I would think of new/“atarashii” I would mentally write out the stroke order in my head, then SEE the kanji and know it. Now, compared to the wanikani system that seems like a slow and long process to learn, also I would frequently forget readings of certian kanji if I didn’t use it in a while.
So, I’m asking if you guys think I should keep studying the Basic Kanji book series or if thinking this way in terms of stroke count will slow me down and confuse my brain against WaniKani’s simpler radical-construction based system???
I do agree with the FAQ that 90% of my Japanese “writing” is through my computer and iphone where it’s all typing and the kanji just pop up for you. Though I do want the ability to write by hand if needed later on and I love how the writing looks.
Any feedback greatly appreciated!