I’m wanting to write about Japanese learners’ success stories in more detail, but just by way of a quick and timely note to inspire all of you kids plugging away there, two readers of this site have recently finished James Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji”.
Matt Claridge and Wan Zafran have respectively learned all 2042 kanji in Heisig’s seminal book. Wan learned 100 kanji a day for a just over three weeks. I think Matt went through fewer per day but was equally steady and dedicated. Both these guys are heroes. But they’re both also very normal people (no offense, lads). Tenacity is what won the day for them, not any magical “talent” or other fatalistic BS, just plain elbow grease and some cerebrospinal fluid.
Congratulations to both these guys. And may their success serve as an example to all of us (do I sound like the high council guy in Matrix 2 now?). Anyway, they’ve taught me a lot about dedication.