Have you tested the Remembering the Kanji App?
What do you think of it?
nya? ahhem.. I mean... I haven't afforded using the app for this but I have seen the general method it uses, which is the making of a story of the components or radicals, which then helps you to remember the kanji. like mnemonics.. which will use a story or picture to help jog memory... it isn't fit to everyone's tastes, but it works rather well for me, at least to familiarize myself with the kanji and recall its meaning. suggestions?... something like kanji koohii - https://kanji.koohii.com/ or memrise- https://www.memrise.com/
Yeah it’s the Heisig method. This app kind of contains the three books (about 3000 kanji, Jouyou + ~800 others), Remembering the Kanji vol.1, 2 & 3, in it (you can choose from the main menu) though I didn’t find the RTK vol.1 kanji mnemonic stories that are written in the books though I can copy paste them easily as I go since I have all three books as a PDF file, as for each kanji you can ”tap to add a story” and type whatever you want. Mnemonics, vocab that uses the kanji and their readings etc..
Generally, Going through the lessons’ kanjis, each kanji shows also the primitives/radicals, and you can add the kanji to study lists that you create. E.g. N5 Category, N4 etc. If you tap the kanji, it shows the stroke order animation, and you can tap. To practice to write them yourself. Very enjoyable with an ipad and a stylus
You can also toggle between showing meaning (english) and reading (kana) while scrolling the kanjis.
Anyway, the flashcard system (writing & readings) is pretty amazing!
Choosing the writing it asks me the keyword in English, e.g. Bright, and then I just write the kanji 明 with stylus on the screen (otherwise you’d have to write with your finger) and when I flip the card, it shows how the kanji is written with the correct stroke order. This seems to be super effective for me personally.
For readings, it shows the kanji 十 and how it’s used with other kanjis, like 十本、十六、 etc. And flipping the card shows each kanjis’ readings.
Vol.2 focuses on readings, there seems to be many categories and of course you can flashcard practice them and add stories/notes to them.
Vol.3, I’m not that sure but I think it focuses on the remaining ~800 kanji. Again the kanji are categorized and you can flashcard practice them, and add stories.
I don't know about the app but I think the Heisig method is kinda bad, however some people seem to like it.
The thing is that even if you do like it, you have to understand its limitations, ie: it's mainly intended to make you able to recognize Kanji (and by recognize, I just mean associate it with a keyword that doesn't necessarily correspond to one of its meanings, even if they usually try) and write them.
You won't be able to read after finishing the method. You won't know how a compound word is pronounced and even if you can guess sometimes what it means, it is not systematic at all. You won't even know what a single kanji word really means most of the time or how it is pronounced.
It is supposedly easier to learn vocabulary after you have learned the kanji with this method though.
I think it is a far better use of your time to just learn vocabulary, the kanji associated with it, and how to write it at the same time.
Yeah, these methods are not for everyone. There are different approaches and people find them suitable to them or not.
There’s a saying that goes "If I had four hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first two hours sharpening the axe" and I think it fits perfectly here.
Going through RTK 1 and 3, you’d know almost 3000 kanji. You’d have a sharp axe not for just 2 hours of chopping but for chopping down almost the whole forest. It’s an investment which benefits will show up later. And the fact that you wouldn’t really need to learn any new kanji anymore would be amazing relief. Then there is the other benefit, learning vocab faster. All this will enable you to go through the core 2k/6k/10k decks with ease compared to learning the kanji and their stroke order while they show up.
Either way, there’s no right and wrong here. So what you said is valid, too.