Month: September 2011
Site Update: “Rebranding”
Okay, so I’ve been wanting for a while now to “rebrand” this site. This is mostly because “travisvroman.com” no longer made sense for this blog, and I felt it didn’t really relate to the topic at hand. So, with that, I present… travisvroman.com! Alright, maybe that’s a bit much. So for now, the old domain will point to the same place until I can get everything switched over. If anyone notices anything that seems off, please drop me a line. There will be several changes that are going to be made to the look of the site as well (some of which have already happened). These include: New top banner (complete at the time of writing) Adjustments to the layout of the site Color and graphic tweaks Eventual separation of the travisvroman.com domain name into a completely different web site. […]
Day 7: One Week Marker!
As of today, I’ve hit the one-week marker of daily updates. It’s difficult sometimes to log in every day and write up the details, but at least I’m able to do it consistently. My Kanji (漢字) studies are going well, and I’m staying caught up on them. Here’s the stats for today: 54 reviews, 25 new 漢字. ~5.5 hours streamed Japanese audio and TV (for immersion) “Read” about 5 pages worth of Japanese text. I’m doing today’s update a little sooner because I won’t be able to get to it this afternoon. Anything done after now will be included in tomorrow’s post.
Day 6 Update
こんにちわ！I’ve made much better progress today than over the weekend. Here’s the breakdown: 199 kanji reviews, 25 new kanji ~4 hours of streamed j-radio ~5 Japanese pages “read” (more like skimmed over since I can’t understand that much yet). I also converted some of the web sites I visit regularly to use Japanese versions. Incidentally, I am aware that the posts from this past weekend were late, but I did get them posted today (and backdated them). I’ll include anything else I do later today in my post for tomorrow.
Well, I have to be honest here. I didn’t get to do that much in the way of my studies today. I was busy. Regardless, I did pick up my Bleach book for a few minutes and flipped through some pages. I guess that counts for something, at least. Back to the reviews tomorrow, I hope.
Today was a light day study wise because I was loaded down with other tasks. However, I did get a couple of things done. 34 Reviews (although I didn’t get to any new ones today) ~4 hours Japanese audio streamed (radio) Hopefully tomorrow will be more productive, but at least I got something done.
Day 1: Regular Updates Begin
I’ve decided to roll with a new idea I heard about. Daily Updates. Crazy, right? Yep, probably definitely. So, what will these daily updates include? Basically, it’s like a journal of what I’ve done that day toward learning Japanese. It’s a brief snapshot of where I am on a day-to-day basis. And if I fail to have an update (a.k.a. fail to study) I have to post that as well. The posts won’t be long (in fact, they will typically be very short), and only be about the topic of what I’m studying. My other articles about inspiration, tools, etc. will still come out, but be separate. But… why? The answer to this is simple, really. It gives me something that I have to answer to. Nobody likes posting about their failures, so perhaps this will serve as additional motivation. […]
日本語での冒険: A 4-month update.
Okay, so it’s technically been about four and a half months since I started this whole thing, but – close enough. I figured I’d take some time and go over my overall progress up to this point, and where I stand my learning cycle. For now, I’m still in the Kanji stage. I had to slow down how fast I was going through RTK since my retention was beginning to slip. A bit behind where I wanted to be, but I’m still progressing. That’s the main point. Another thing that I have begun to notice is that the immersion is beginning to pay off, even if in very small ways. I’m starting to pick up on small phrases, words and sentence structure. I’ve gained a basic understanding of the flow in which Japanese is spoken. I’d say I still don’t […]