Kanji study proceeds apace. (I’ve always wanted to say “apace.”) I’m about 10% of the way through Remembering the Kanji, the book that helps you learn Chinese characters by weaving their components into goofy stories.
For the first few hundred kanji, the author, James Heisig, provides you with a suggested story. For example, the kanji for “spring,” 泉, is a combination of “white” (on top) and “water” (on the bottom). So you imagine a bubbling mountain spring, with the top of the water white and frothy.
That’s an easy one. They get much, much harder as you go along, and at some point Heisig stops spoon-feeding you stories, and there’s only one set of footprints on the beach, and that’s you on your own, sucker. You have to write your own stories.
I haven’t gotten that far yet in the book. But the person who previously owned my used copy of Remembering the Kanji did, and they left a note sheet in the book. It included these gems:
撃 (beat): After the perp dented the man’s car with a missile, the man beat him with his bare hands.
怪 (suspicious): Data finds it suspicious that, after all his unitards were sewn shut, he found a spool in Riker’s pocket.
隻 (vessels): The shipper’s vessels at the marina are novelty boats shaped like the skipper himself, but with turkey heads. (Business is not good.)
Whoever you are, thanks for being awesome, and I hope you learned all the kanji.