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Kanji smarter, not harder

So, I found this site recently:

And I have more kanji retention in under a week than I've had ever before. Sure, some of my "100 kanji a week" study from last year helped, but I didn't check retention much then.

The key for the kanji part is computerized SRS (Spaced Repitition Software) flashcards. I'm using a program called Anki, available for Mac/Linux/Windows, that comes with a nice deck of basic kanji. Each kanji comes up, and if I don't know it, it will come up again after 10 minutes of studying other kanji. I can click on the name to get a nice story from the "Reviewing the Kanji" site (free account required). I can sync my progress between different copmuters or even study online (once setting it up on at least one computer).

The kanji I've learned will be reviewed within a week or so, then two weeks if I still remember them well, then longer.

The stories on "Remembering the Kanji" are based on the Heisig method but are user submitted. I've submitted two of my own stories so far. Warning, some kanji stories can be offensive, but some of those are the ones that stick in my mind the most.
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slack and moving on...

Yeah, I finally slacked off for a week, and I don't see picking up that crazy pace again.

So, this weekend I'll be studying a song... listening to it and writing it down and thinking about the individual words and kanji. It's Venus Say by Buzy, the opening theme from Futatsu no Spica (Twin Spica), one of my favorite series.

I copied it from:

Venus Say - Buzy

作詞:新藤晴一 作曲/編集:本間照光

弱き旅人よ 引き返すがいい 倒れてしまう前に
幾千の旅人が 私に祈る時は

弱き旅人よ 近づいておいで 私の膝元まで
抱きしめてあげよう 見せてあげよう 遠い空のその先よ
What you wanna go? I will make it happen.

Lyrics: SHINDOU Haruichi Composition/Arrangement: HOMMA Akimitsu
yowaki tabibito yo hikikaesu ga ii taorete shimau mae ni
sore demo omae wa iku to iu no ka tooi sora no mukou made
ikusen no tabibito ga watashi ni inoru toki wa
mubou ni mo tabiji ni taoreta ato na no
koko ja nai dokoka ni wa
ima ja nai itsuka ni wa
omae ga sagashiteru ai ga aru to iu no
watashi ga ataeta unmei no moto de
otonashiku shitereba ii no ni
Do you know? I'm a Venus. Do you know? I'm a Venus.
yowaki tabibito yo chikazuite oide watashi no hizamoto made
dakishimete ageyou misete ageyou tooi sora no sono saki wo
What you wanna go? I will make it happen.

English version
Faint-hearted traveler, you should pull back now, before you collapse
But you still say that you want to go on? To the other side of the distant sky...

Thousands of travelers before have prayed to me before
After they collapsed at the end of their reckless journeys
In a place that is not here
In a time that is not now
You're searching, saying that there's love there

Even though you could just patiently wait
For the destiny that I have given you
Do you know? I'm a Venus.

Faint-hearted traveler, come closer to me. Come sit at my feet
I will embrace you, and show you
What is waiting beyond the distant sky
What you wanna go? I will make it happen.