For longtime readers, you know that my battle with Japanese is an ongoing one. I’ve gotten to a point where I can converse casually, but I still can’t use it in a professional manner, and more annoyingly, still can’t read more than headlines and the like. I’m constantly in and out of the books, but about a month or so a go, after a bit of a pep talk from a good friend, I decided to give it another big push, this time on the kanji front. The tool that’s really been helping me a lot are the Japanese kanji flashcards (I’m still just on volume 1) from White Rabbit Press. The reason I became aware of them was because the person behind the company, Max Hodges, attended PauseTalk a few times. I’ve tried using kanji cards in the past, but those other sets where nowhere near as nice as the White Rabbit Press ones. My favorite thing is that each card lists 6 words (usually commonly used ones) that use that kanji, which for me is just so much better for learning than just trying to memorize all the readings of a particular kanji. I can’t recommend these enough, and I’ll definitely be picking up volume 2 when I’m done with this first set.