You *might* check out wanikani.com.
It's something I've played around with a little, but don't have enough time to dedicate to Japanese at the moment so I can't speak to its effectiveness. It supposedly is akin to Heisig's work, but using SRS.
It's free for some certain number of levels so you can play around with it for a bit and see if it's useful enough to pay for the service beyond the basic levels.
Brilliant thanks so much mate! I bought Heisig's book so will work through that but will bookmark that site for sure for after!
As an alternative or supplement to the Heisig method, there is also the "learning Kanji by reading" approach. See:
- the Japanese Reader series in various e-book formats by Roger Lake and his wife Noriko Ura (you can download the audio flash cards from their website for free): https://www.japaneseaudiolessons.com/ and https://payhip.com/jafl
(btw, you can find the corresponding flashcards for free on Memrise, too).
And the following resources might also be of interest to you:
- Obenkyo: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Obenkyo&gl=
- Skritter: https://skritter.com/
Hope that helps,
Heisig works. Lingq also works. lots of things work as long as you're not trying to just remember all on yomi and all kun yomi readings by heart. that doesn't work.
Personally, I would say start with the radicals and maybe some textbooks. Just to understand how kanji are structured. Heisig can help a lot on memorization of characters, but in the end Heisig always picks and chooses definitions.
In the end, just reading a lot, a lot, a lot, is what gets it done. Just start reading on Lingq. Switch off the furigana and if you don't know a word, look it up in the dictionary and write the reading in the definition of the word.
Thanks so much mate! I think I'll start with Heisig and then plow into reading!
You might want to have a look at the book "Remembering the Kanji" by James W. Heisig.
Thanks mate! I'll be getting right now!