I have yet to use the popular book Remembering the Kanji by Heisig to, well, remember how to write my Kanji yet… But I have heard that it works wonders.
I can read a ton of Kanji, but I cannot remember how to write them to save my life. Word processors and cell phone text mail have completely handicapped me. I’m considering going through Remembering the Kanji after I finish with my current school in order to really nail down how to write them.
Apparently the Heisig methodology works such that you remember what each commonly used component of a Kanji means, and then you are able to make stories that work the sections together for each Kanji.
So for example…
Is the Kanji I want to remember how to write. It is has a meaning of “exceeding”, or almost “super”. As in 超パワフル！ meaning, super powerful! Or 超満員 (ちょうまんいん) for, “extremely, or overly crowded”. 超音速 (ちょういんそく) means “super sonic speed”.
Now, here is my story!
走る (はしる) means to run. The left side of this character is that.
刀 (かたな) means, well, Katana! A sword. There it is in the upper right.
口 (くち) means mouth. See it in the lower right?
Now, what is a good story for all of these? Wait for it…
“Dude is so powerful. He runs while carrying a sword in his mouth!”
I will never forget this Kanji now… Hopefully anyone reading this who studies Kanji won’t either!