As with other posts in this series, this is the results of a test I took today, June 23, 2021.
空 高 読 白 糸 石 親 貝 力 町 客 王 近 虫 音 実 室 文 夕 玉 草 正 水 立 説
This row is different from the rest in that it is row 17, the row I added myself to the lesson. Rows 1-16 are from MIT Japanese OCW (21f.501-21f.503) from ~2005 as are row 18-21. Row 17 I created based on the fact that MIT Japanese OCW neglected Grade 1 and Grade 2 kanji that are 1) easier than the ones they put in row 2 and 3, and 2) are expected to be understood at a very early age. Why did MIT deprioritize these kanji? Look at the kanji they prioritized. 説 is theory, a grade 4 kanji. 痛 is pain, a grade 6 kanji. 忘 is forget, a grade 6 kanji. 閉 is closed, a grade 6 kanji. 杯 is counter for cupfuls, a grade 8 kanji. 忙 is busy, a grade 8 kanji. So why do I consider this done even though I didn't do all the kanji? A bug in my software made it so that I missed the two kanji I didn't draw. They are easy enough that I'm moving on rather than spending another day on this row. I did pretty well on this test with minor mistakes on 読 and 室. I'm close to getting 室 right. One day. I mirrored 虫 probably because of 足 and 使. Probably 使 because 虫 is what I think about when I try to draw 使. It's apparently not as good as it would be if they were the same direction. Then again is there a kanji that looks like 虫 mirrored? No, that would be silly, so I count it as a good draw. That means I got 22/23 so 96% on this test (we are counting 読 as correct, 室 as incorrect, 虫 and 音 as correct, and 糸 and 石 are not counted). So that's that.
Since nothing much has changed since yesterday (the day I wrote my last blog post), I think I'll keep this short..
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Until next time!
I'll hopefully post all tests as I pass them. Wish me luck.
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