Can you escalate on learning the “entire” set of 2k kanji? Would you say it was the right choice or if done again you would have dedicated this time to something else? It’s kind of marginal question because the kanji you’ve learned ain’t going anywhere, but, just curious. In means of motivation and effectiveness. Thanks.
Would you say it was the right choice or if done again you would have dedicated this time to something else?
When I did it, I was writing each kanji every time I reviewed a flashcard. This resulted in an impressive notebook filled with 60,000 kanji characters after a year of work, but it drastically slowed down the process where at the peak I was doing 2-3 hours of just flashcard reviews per day. I would definitely do it again, but I would only work on kanji recognition and not writing them at first. Learning how to write it by hand is completely useless at the beginning unless you’re taking classes that force you to write.
In means of motivation and effectiveness.
I can’t stress enough how much knowing how to recognize all the kanji does psychologically. It means that I can pick up any book without worrying that I’ll encounter something I’ve never seen before. It means that I’m not afraid when I see jukugo words because I already did half the battle of remembering them. It means that I can turn on japanese subtitles and figure out words and pronunciation through context even though there’s no furigana. Every new word I learn is made easier because I know kanji.