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2014 Updates and New Video Post
おはようございます！Happy 2014! I just wanted to take a moment and talk about some current events and updates. First off, I should mention that the Links page has been revamped. I’ve added a ton of new resources and reformatted it so that everything is organized into categories. I’ll be updating that page more in the coming months. As I mentioned in the previous article, I have decided to apply for the 2015 JET Programme. That article is the beginning of a series that will outline my journey through the application process and (hopefully) after acceptance. I also updated my YouTube channel with a new video, which can be found here. Please subscribe if you like it (as well as the other videos on my channel)! Stay tuned! [Image source]
How Unnecissary Discipline will Kill Your Japanese
Alright, we all knew this may happen at one point or another. You’ve fallen off the wagon. Probably while it was moving at a good speed, too. You’re likely bruised from the fall, and stumble back to your feet after a few minutes. Time to get back on and pick up where you left off. Surely, though, there must be some form of self-punishment for failure, for not sticking with it, right? An extra review maybe? Perhaps forcing yourself to listen to more talk radio because you think that may help catch you up. After all, falling off the wagon means we’ve missed out on distance toward our goal we could have had, right? Truthfully, yes. Those missed reviews have cost us some distance, some time, some Japanese fluency. So what? Similar to sleep, you cannot make up for lost […]
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 […]
Kanji Progress Report
As of yesterday, I’m at a little over 1,300 kanji. I’m at the part that sucks, the part where there’s still hundreds left, and it seems like it’s taking forever. It’s taking a bit longer than I initially planned because of recent time constraints. No matter, I press on. 1,800 is my current goal, and once I reach that I feel it will be finished sooner than even I think possible. Currently I’m hitting about 200 reviews a day, with between 20 and 30 new kanji a day (unless time is really short – then it’s like 5). Cool thing is I’m at the point where I can look at a web page in Japanese and recognize most of the symbols, or at least parts of them. I still can’t always make out words or sentences, but I can sometimes […]
おはようございます！ I know, it’s been a bit since an update, but I have reasons. Good ones, in fact. First off, I’ve noticed that trying to have a new post every 2 or 3 days seriously hampers my ability to accomplish other things. For instance, if I’m constantly writing new articles in English (such as this one), my time spent learning Japanese is reduced. So, I’m spreading updates out a bit, at least until I can start writing them in Japanese. 🙂 The second reason was that I was out of town for almost a week, with limited access to computers/my tools for learning Japanese. Writing an update is kinda hard when you’re not able to access a computer easily. Anyway, a new, well-established and well-written (as always, don’t you know? Actually, that’s bullsh- crap, but you know what I mean) […]
400 down, only 1600+ to go…
I’ve hit the 1/5th mark today. Retaining new kanji is beginning to get tougher now; not much, but it’s not as easy as the first couple 百。The reason for this is that I still review the ones I’ve already learned along with the new ones using Reviewing the Kanji. At the moment though, I’ve done about 1,200 reviews, with a roughly 96% retention rate (not bad in my opinion) overall. I have slacked a bit the last week though, and have only been averaging about 15 a day. I’d rather this be 25 a day (it was 28 yeasterday), so next week I’m stepping it up a bit. I’m more than comfortable with my current rate, so I don’t think 25 a day for me will be too fast. More updates soon!
How fast is fast enough?
Truthfully, the answer is this; you’re going fast enough when you actually retain the information you are studying. I know we’re all (including myself) tempted to rush things sometimes. This is especially true when you’re not seeing any immediate progress (or at least, you’re not perceiving it as such). But, when it comes down to it, what is immediate progress? Or progress for that matter? Immediate progress is one of the hardest things to see sometimes – especially when working on something for as long of a time span as picking up a new language takes. Immediate progress is the progress you make in a short amount of time. This amount of time is somewhat arbitrary – say a day, or a week. In the span of 2,000 kanji, 25 a day might not seem like much. And by itself, […]
Well, almost. I’m actually at 299, but that’s just details. That makes me about 1/7th of the way there! At around 400 it’ll be 1/5th. to me, this seems huge, although I’m really far off from being able to read much of anything yet. This also doesn’t take into account compound kanji, but I’m okay with that. That is another step down the road. I may be slowing down a bit because I’ve come to realize something that I’ve been missing so far. Most of what I read has been telling me to memorize from keyword to kanji, not the other way around. I’m not so sure I agree with this only because when I look at Japanese text, I recognize the symbols, but will be damned if I can remember what they mean. So, I’m going to take a […]
So many Kanji; so little time…
I just hit my 94th Kanji today – that’s almost 百 (a hundred)! I know, it’s not that many, considering there’s about 2,100 common use kanji out there. But hey, it’s a start. Funny thing also, when I look at pages in Japanese, I’m beginning to recognize some of them. Not enough to make sense of it all yet, but I can make out a few. Even with those things in mind, my Japanese still sucks. And in the words of Katsumoto (from AJATT), I’m trying to suck a bit less every day at it. I’ve also been listening to last.fm for a bit now, and have stumbled onto some bands that I really enjoy listening to (or at least the songs I’ve heard so far). They are: Girugamesh Deathgaze D’espairs Ray High and Mighty Color exist†trace Of course, these […]