Month: August 2011
Oh man, am I ever. I do apologize for the lack of updates in the past week, but I promise I have valid reasons. First and foremost, I’ve been studying pretty hardcore trying to finish up my Kanji. To be honest, I’ve lost track of what number I’m actually on, but that’s okay. Perhaps it will make the end come sooner. I will admit that I’m starting to get somewhat bored with learning kanji, it’s getting increasingly difficult to sit down and do it because what I really want to be doing is learning sentences. But, I’m treating the sentences phase like a goal. Just getting there is a milestone. After all, it’s best not to rush, remember? I can assure you, however, that updates will be more frequent once I begin learning sentences because I’ll start posting some of […]
Writing is Remembering
Ever noticed how you remember something better when you write it down? On the flip side, did you ever notice that not writing something down is pretty much like asking to forget it? I can’t stress how much learning Japanese requires this. Right from the start, you need to be writing down what you learn as you learn it, or consider it gone. A great way to force yourself into this starts at the Kanji phase. Heisig even recommends in his book (RTK) that you write out the Kanji, but I’d like to take that one step further. Writing it once will help, for sure. It’s certainly better than never writing it at all. However, what I started doing is writing the kanji every time I do my reps. This is a major part of engraving something in your memory. […]
まりもえお！(Marimoeo): Podcasts for Your Immersion Environment
So I heard about a podcast that’s done semi-regularly that supposedly has solid content. It’s called Marimoe, and as of the time of writing they’ve published 62 podcasts. The podcasts are done by 3 high school girls from Hokkaido. But before you immediately assume it’s all ditzy rambling, know that it’s just the opposite. In fact, they pick a topic and have well-organized discussions regarding it in a gender-neutral way. It’s good to listen to since it’s just talking, with no distractions such as music to keep your attention away from your current task. Even if you can’t understand it yet, it’s still great to listen to since the speech is so clearly spoken and recorded. Head over to まりもえお and check out their podcasts!