Hi everyone. I’m getting to the end of my free lessons period in WK, and so far I can tell I’m rather enyoing to use WK. Maybe a bit time consuming, and really could only recommend it for the dedicated ones, as those reviews tend to add up fairly quick … even when I’m sleeping…
Anyways, I’m interested in knowing what did you guys used before WK. For me I’ve used a lot of learning strategies to get into kanji learning, some of them I don’t necessarily consider to drop right away, as they are less time consuming and still I think they reinforce what I learn.
I’m doing Genki for grammar, lesson 8 so far. And the kanji lessons there, most certainly aren’t too good to actually learn the kanji, nice appendix to the book, but, I could do fine without it. I’m also doing side by side Minna No Nihongo, and the extra material with it (reading, workbook, listening, and… kanji). And of all the MNH method the kanji book (with the kanji workbook too) are the ones that I sent back… they’re really bad methods… plain bad. The rest of the MNH series it’s a good series and can easily be self thought.
On the other hand the material that I was actually using to learn kanji was both Heisig RTK (currently in lesson 13) and the Kanken books (the ones with cute animals on the cover). I’m only in the Step 10 in the Kanken series, but I’ve to say they are the best books I could find (after searching a lot… Kanji Look and Learn, Basic Kanji, Kodansha Learning Course, etc). They’re designed for children, so they’re really nice to look. 4 kanji per lesson, great vocabulary (common and actually used words, not those rare examples I sometimes find in othe books), and most important the readings are introduced gradually, since they are marked when they are for junior highschool level or senior highschool level, so you don’t have to worry beforehand, as they will appear on later books.
So far the last weeks I’ve continue to use Heisig and one lesson of the Kanken book a week, as I was doing before. But I can notice how WK it’s like steroids to my routine … so I’ll be that athlete
Are you using any of your old methods along with WK, did you for a while?
Sorry for the wall ot text…