I was looking at the first 20 words on the Japanesepod101.com core 100 vocabulary list. There are 25 words on page one of the list, 4 are written using kana only, and 21 are written either using kanji or using a combination of kanji and kana.
I looked at the first word, which was “week” and I looked at the kanji, which is 週, and I found myself saying, “Yes, that means week. I recognize that one.” Then I thought, “Well, if I know that one, how many of these others do I know?”
Of the 21 words, I was able to recognize and state the meaning of 20 of them! Okay, so I don’t yet know how to say all of them in Japanese yet, but I recognize them when I see them written! The Heisig method using the Nihongshark.com kanji deck is really working for me.
You see, I’ve been studying the cards in a very dedicated manner for a while now (today is day 67) but today I applied them by looking at someone else’s word list, and the fact that I knew what almost all of the kanji on that list were was a nice motivational boost for me, and motivation is everything. Motivation is what keeps you going.
Of the 21 words written using kanji, I can regcognize and know the meaning of 20 of them! Wow! The first word on the list was week, which is written