Wow, a LOT of drift happened here....
Dustin, are you noticing what you're doing having an impact in the Japanese you read (websites, manga, subtitles)? Experiencing tangible benefits from RTK that kept me going. For me, it was walking around town and seeing kanji that actually meant something.
Well given my elementary level of Japanese, I am seeing a huge improvement in my understanding of written Kanji that I come across. I will admit that many times that I read some random stuff, I can tell what the general meaning is from the keywords presented, however there are also many times where I will come across kanji that I recognize and the meaning is not at all related to the keyword.
I also will see some kanji compounds that I will recognize the component parts, and if it is a vocab word I already knew then I will immediately recognize it, making linking the vocab to kanji compounds much easier.
Like I said, it is common to find these gems that I understand, but moreso that i see kanji that i recognize but do not understand them.
It is also rare for me to be able to instantly correlate a kanji compound with vocab I have already learnt, but it does happen
This stresses the importance of learning vocab AND the Kanji and being able to associate them. I find it is easier to make sense of a Kanji compound after I have already learnt and understand the vocab associated with it. ( This is not always necessarily true, but so far I have found it much easier PERSONALLY to learn to write and recognize a particular kanji, and then tag a word or words to it.
Anyways, back to the ORIGINAL point of this thread, My progress on the RTK is approximately 700 to date. I am going a little slower lately due to a number of issues I am having in my personal life.
Namely I am in the process of moving back to my hometown, and have a LOT of work to do wrapping up my business before I leave the city. I have had many delays in doing so, and because of this I have developed a case of nasty bronchitis.
Bronchitis plus No time for taking days off = no study time.
Like I said earlier, I am seeing more and more Kanji I recognize around all the time which is great. I can't wait to get this finished so that I can start learning the vocabulary to attack to these characters