Kanji Day 88

A little more time today for studying?  Yes.

A quiet house to study in?  Nope!

So…finishing up the Kanji? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssss!!!!!

Here’s the Anki image:

anki-stats-2015-09-12@08-45-15Well, finished in a sense, anyway.  “Unseen” is now equal to zero!  Yeehaaaa!

Look, if I can do it, so can you.  The thing that’s hard about it is the consistent effort that’s required.  Today is day 88, and that means that I have devoted nearly three months to learning the Kanji without missing a single day, and that’s really the part that matters.  It is the consistency that’s hard.  If you can attain that, you’ll learn the Kanji.  No tricks are needed.  Just fire up Anki every single day.  Even if all you do is the review cards, do it every single day.

Having just completed this task, I am convinced that anybody can do it.

And don’t worry about how long it takes.  If it takes you 100 days, cool.  If it takes you 150 days, equally cool.  I kept track of the numbers because that helps motivate me, but you don’t have to count.   Just stick with it every day (have we caught on to the most important fact here?) and you will get there.

Now, what’s next?

First, of course, is the realization that, although I have finished Phase 2, I will still have to review the Kanji every day, at least for the foreseeable future.  There are a lot of cards that are not mature yet, which means they aren’t firmly fixed in my head, and, even when they do become mature, that’s no guarantee that I won’t forget them later, so reviewing the Kanji will be important.

Second, it is time to officially move on to Phase 3 of the Hacking Japanese Supercourse.  That starts tomorrow.  No days off.  Vocabulary, listening practice, speaking practice, grammar…there’s still a lot to do.

I know what a mountain it looks like when you are at the beginning of Phase 2 and have 2,200 Kanji ahead of you to learn, so don’t look at the mountain.  Just look at the ground in front of you and take your first step.  Look at one day’s worth of Kanji and learn them.  Don’t worry about day 2.  When day 2 comes, do your review and learn your new Kanji and don’t worry about day 3.  That’s the great thing about Anki.  It will do the worrying and sorting out for you.  All you have to do is one day’s work.  Now, you have to do it each day, but that’s still all you have to do.

Tomorrow:  Phase 3!

That sound you hear is me giving myself a quick pat on the back.

To celebrate, here is my favorite song in Japanese:

頑張って my friends


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