Intro Into Learning Kanji

Well dang, the time is almost upon me. I am about to start learning Kanji. Now this has been a bit daunting for me for a little while now. Honestly I was hoping to spend more time on hiragana in this first season of TextFugu. Alas I must now soon begin the ascent into the mountains…. Thankfully this chapter of TextFugu merely introduced me into how I will specifically be learning kanji, and honestly I have been greatly comforted by it. (I’ll have a question or two at the end)

 

Not as Brief Summary:

Now I knew there is a lot of kanji out there. I also knew from acquaintances in college who were taking Japanese classes that the hardest part for them was learning kanji and writing them out on tests and whatnot. Many of them ended up dropping out even. So because of all this I thought I would  really struggle with learning kanji. 1) Because I get bored very easily and 2) because you have seen my handwriting/I suck at writing out intricate things.

All that being said I can say that I came out of reading that chapter of TextFugu excited to start learning. This is because I won’t be taking the approach to learning kanji that I thought I would be taking. I was always told that learning kanji was such a pain because you have to learn kanji by learning the strokes to write them. To my surprise TextFugu explains why this is actually not a good way to start learning kanji. For me it would be a lot more work to learn that way. Not only that but it could be wasted time considering how almost everything everyone does now in terms of communications involves typing/texting. I can’t remember the last time I actually wrote out a letter to someone. TextFugu states that I will begin my learning by learning the kanji radicals. Doing this will help me be able to put together kanji easier and understand the most important meanings/pronunciations of each. Also I won’t be learning like a school child learns (by memorizing/writing each stroke) because I am not a school child, and I have a better understanding/deeper knowledge of learning languages. (I have been learning English constantly for 22 years now)

Now all that was just a super brief summary, but reading that actually eased my worries quite a bit. I would recommend reading through at least the last part of the chapter (yes it’s free to look at this) just to see the steps I’ll be taking to learn in full detail.
http://www.textfugu.com/kanji/kanji-intro/1-7/
To those of you who have time I would ask that you read the entire chapter (only 7 pages of relatively short text) and let me know what you think of the learning style.
http://www.textfugu.com/kanji/kanji-intro/why/

The others of you who are learning Japanese now, or already have learned, what methods are/did you use to study up on kanji?

If it differs from the one stated in this chapter of TextFugu, do you think it is a better or worse way of learning?

Seriously looking for input here. I am excited to start learning the TextFugu way, but if I am having troubles I’d love to have something to fall back to. I do intend to also begin to learn how to write out each kanji, just because it could be a useful skill someday. For now however I think learning how to read is going to be most important.
I begin learning radicals tomorrow!

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