Month: February 2012
10,000 Sentences = Dead?
Interesting times over at AJATT. I just read this article on a new method of learning Japanese. Before I dive into that, I’d like to bring something up. As I’ve mentioned in the past, AJATT is the foundation for my studies in Japanese. In fact, much of this site is based on or inspired by All Japanese All The Time. A big portion of this site that I’ve been working on lately is the ‘sentences’ series. For those of you who haven’t read the series, it basically outlines things I’ve taken from the AJATT method, as well as my own modifications to that method. That being said, Khatz writes an article declaring the 10,000 sentences method as dead. If ya don’t know, now ya know… Just what does this mean, anyway? Having read the article over at AJATT, it basically […]
Sentences Series 4: How to Set Up Your SRS Decks
Setting up your SRS decks for sentences can make or break progress. While there’s really no “wrong” way to set up a deck, there are plenty of “right” ways to. Let’s begin with an example of how my sentence decks (yes, as in multiple – I’ll get to that later) are set up, starting with a card sample. Front of the card: 日本は初めてですか。 Back of the card: にほん は（わ） はじめて です か。 Japan (topic) first time it is ? Is this your first time in Japan? Basically, the front of the card contains the sentence in Kanji while the back contains a few elements to aid in learning it. First, the sentence is re-written in hiragana (sometimes containing katakana if necessary). Second, each word’s “definition” (in this case, in English) is listed out in the same order as the hiragana sentence above […]