Month: November 2011
Sentences Series 1: An Overview of Phase 3
Sentences are the largest part of learning Japanese, for several reasons. But before we jump into that, let’s take a step back and look at this phase from afar to get an idea of what it’s all about. The idea here borrows heavily on AJATTs method, specifically the sentences portion (credit where credit is due and whatnot). The idea is that by the time you learn 10,000 sentences, you’ll be fluent. Why sentences instead of words? What good is a bunch of vocabulary if you don’t know how to string it together? This method kills two birds with one stone. You learn sentence structure and vocabulary at the same time. That being said, it’s important not to memorize the sentence, but to understand it instead. 10,000 sentences! Holy crap! Yeah, holy crap indeed. It’s a large goal, and not one […]
Woo-hoo! I’ve finally gotten through RTK (Remembering the Kanji)! So, what does Graduating RTK mean, exactly? In this case, it means I’ve gotten through it. I don’t have all of them readily available from memory (though a good portion of them seem to be, amazingly), but I’ve been through all 2,042 kanji in it. This doesn’t mean I’m forever done with kanji, but I can just focus on reviews going forward (for now). I expect that the real benefit of this will show itself as I enter the next phase, Sentences. I’m going to write a whole series on sentences, and how I plan to tackle them. So, for now I’ll table that discussion. As I may have mentioned before, I actually mixed in learning the kana (ひらがな and カタカナ) in with the Kanji. You may choose to do this, or […]
So I’ve found two great sources of Japanese television, and would like to share with anyone looking for some source of Japanese immersion content. 1.) FreshVerse.com – requires registration (free), and has a constant stream of television. Pretty high quality as well. Access it here: http://www.freshverse.com/tv_high.php 2.) Keyhole TV – This is actually provided by the Japanese government, and has a lot of stations, even including some radio stations. The quality is very low (yet still watchable), but the array of channels is pretty massive. This is better suited to background listening as the video quality is extremely low and can sometimes cut out, though the audio stream is pretty reliable. Access it here: http://www.v2p.jp/video/ Enjoy!
Light at the End of the Tunnel: RTK Graduation
It looks like that time is finally approaching. It’s taken me longer than initially thought, but it’s looking like I’ll be finished with Remembering the Kanji on the 22nd of this month. At that point, I’ll have been through the whole book. Written every Kanji. And, for Kanji, it’ll only be reviews going forward. I’ll finally be ready to finish up the kana, and then move on to sentences. Sentences is where it’s all at – they are where I’ll begin to understand Japanese on a lower level. It’s where the change from only understanding a little of it switches to only not understanding a little of it – and eventually fluency. To say I’m excited is a vast understatement, but I can’t even think of the words that would be appropriate for this accomplishment, and the way it makes […]
If You Don’t Believe, How Do You Succeed?
Simply put: if you don’t believe in something, you probably won’t succeed in doing it. Think of all the times you’ve gone to a store looking to buy a product, but weren’t sure which one to buy. Perhaps you were on the fence about two or three products, and looking for insight from someone who works with them all the time – like a store associate. Occasionally we’re lucky and get the associate who is very knowledgeable, and believes in the product they sell. They’re able to give you the answers you need, and typically wind up selling the product because they believe in it, and it shows. Unfortunately, there are many more times that we get the person who doesn’t really care – or worse – does not believe in the product they sell. You ask, “So, iPhone or […]