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Method Change-Up: Sentences Are King
This is the second article in the Method Change-Up series. If you haven’t yet read the first, please do so first. The biggest changes in my method for learning Japanese have been detailed in the first article in this series. However, I have made another change (more like a decision, actually) that I’ll detail here. A while back, made a post about trying something called MCDs (Massive-Context Cloze-Deletion Card), a concept first introduced to me by this post at AJATT. I decided to give it a go in tandem with my sentences to see how I liked it. In fact, it was so different than how I was used to learning that I actually tried it for over a year. In that article I hinted at possibly switching over to MCDs. However, after trying it for a long time, I have […]
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 […]
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 […]
So, I just figured I’d post about an amazing experience I had yesterday. My fiancee and I went to this small すしresteraunt nearby. We’d been there a few times before, and love it more each time we go. The reason: it’s owned and operated by a very friendly, down to earth 日本語 couple who lived in Japan most of their lives. It’s an authentic experience, like stepping into a restaurant in Japan. But more than that, I discovered that many family and friends of the owners frequent there, and it’s a great place to take in some real Japanese. As I ate, I listened to conversations (though 未[not yet] able to understand most of it). But that wasn’t the coolest part. When I finished, I told the owner’s wife 度も有難うございます。 She responded どういたしまして, and I understood it without thinking about […]