Month: January 2012
One is Better Than None
I just read this awesome post at AJATT. It basically discusses the idea of doing one of anything versus doing none of it. Essentially, even though 0 and 1 are “next” to each other on the “real” number line, they are far from close to each other. What I got from it was that no matter how many zeroes you string together, you still get nothing. Adding ones together, however, moves you forward. Just one more gets you closer to that next goal. I’ll let the post speak for itself, though. Go and have a read.
Throwing Away Cards
This is a topic I’ve been meaning to write on for a while. I was reviewing my Kanji deck and noticed that a few came up that were really *really* easy for me to answer. In fact, they have been for the past few times I had reviewed them. I then thought to myself, “Why am I keeping cards like this?”. Unable to come up with an answer, I did the only other thing I could think of – I deleted it. I also deleted several others that were in the same boat. I mean, how many times do you really need to review “一”? After deletion, I felt better. I felt lighter, cleaner, and less bogged down. Refreshed, even. I no longer have to worry about wasting time reviewing stuff I already knew. I should also mention that this […]
Sentences Series 3: Setting Goals
It’s time for the third post in the sentences series. This time, we’ll talk about setting some goals. In particular, I’m going to outline some of my goals, which may lend itself to an understanding of how to set your own. First off, let this entire article be underscored by one truth: Setting attainable goals increases the likelihood of actually reaching them. In essence, this means to avoid setting goals like “Know Japanese”. Too open-ended and vague. Useless, in fact. A better goal might be, “Learn 5 new sentences today” or, “Switch to monolingual dictionary at 500 sentences”. Short term, eye-level goals. Achievable goals are the ones that get met. Here’s a not-so-obscure analogy. Picture yourself standing next to a grapefruit tree. Assume you like grapefruit, and want one. There are two that you spot – one that’s right in […]
Why learn Japanese?
It’s a simple question, really. The answer? For some it will be just as simple, whereas other folks may find trouble coming up with an answer. I didn’t initially intend for this article to be very long, but alas it became so. So sit back, crack your knuckles (or whatever it is that you do when reading) and get comfortable. Because I’m going to give you my… Top ten reasons for learning Japanese (or any foreign language). Before I begin, please bear in mind that this list outlines my top 10 reasons. However, it’s likely that yours will be different. Perhaps they will be the same ones, albeit in a different order. That’s okay, as this isn’t meant to be an ‘end-all-be-all’. So, without further ado… #10. You live once for each language you learn. Essentially, the concept here is […]