I dunno why this grinds my gears so much, but Ive seen a lot of radical complaining over the past week or two and I just don’t get it. Without radicals I wouldn’t know a third of the kanji I do now. Take this from somebody who has not only attended a Japanese language school, but has lived in japan and has been studying Japanese on and off for years… I really really don’t care if i need to spend three extra seconds to learn a radical name, even if its a stand alone kanji, if it means helping me piece together bigger kanji in the future.
I went to Japanese school, paid a lot more than 9$/month in tuition, and left truly learning and remembering one god damn kanji. Because of these stupid little radicals and mnemonics my brain can now identify and actually read like 300+ kanji in a few months of lax study. That’s insane.
Japanese is not an easy language, there are no short cuts or speed boosts. take the few seconds, learn the radical. Then you can learn the 150 kanji that use that radical.
I just needed to vent goodbye