Monthly Archives: March 2011


A few weeks ago i noticed that i had much difficulty to remember new vocabulary. The grammar points and vocabulary taught in げんき 2 aren’t any more difficult, or the explanations given in the book harder to understand, than those in げんき 1. I thought that maybe I had hit a plateau, and maybe i should go slower, to let the new information sink in before i move on to the next chapter. This brought not the solution i was hoping for. All i knew was that i had to make a change in methods. Continue reading

The Movies Method

If you are into PC gaming, you might have heard of this game, or maybe even had the chance to play it yourself. It is a game in which you can build your own Hollywood studio, write your own scripts, and create your own movies. So, what has this to do with learning Japanese, you ask me? And my answer is, it is yet another creative way, to add some fun to your learning experience. Since it’s not a new game, it should be rather cheap to get The Movies and its Add-On. Continue reading

Sentence Mining

I have read quite a bit about sentence mining, but never came around actually trying this out myself. Today i decided to start doing it, and i was quite surprised, how much fun it can be! Not to mention how valuable it is, in terms of acquiring new vocabulary, readings, and additional information about certain words, while i was digging for sentences. So, today I opened up one of my Anki Vocabulary decks, and started to copy and paste out words to Yahoo Japan 辞書, and sentences back into it. Continue reading

The textbook and I

I am a very creative person, as you might have noticed already, when you read some of my articles. Or at least i try to be as creative as i can, not only with my learning methods, but also when i create real art. I am also what is called a nuts and bolts person. I need to know how something works, and i need to analyze all the bits of information to a certain degree to see, how everything goes together. And i think that the way i go about learning is mirroring both sides quite a bit. Continue reading

Small Successes

What do you think is important, apart from having fun, when you are trying to learn a language? It’s the small successes. But what are small successes? They can be anything. If you can read and understand a passage of text, that you weren’t able before, this is a small success. It can also be a dialogue you’ve been listening to, and all of a sudden you notice, that you can understand what is being talked about. Also if you were able to master a grammar point that gave you trouble, or some vocab that seemed like you would never be able to memorize, it’s one of those small successes. Continue reading

My own book

If there is one thing in this world i love more than anything else it is reading books. The first book i was able to read, was written by Rolf Kalmuczak a.k.a Stefan Wolf, called T.K.K.G. I was four years old at the time. Once i was able to read all by myself, my parents bought a new book every other week, which i read in a matter of days. 120 pages were like nothing for me. Continue reading

Reading Japanese books

What is the first thing you try to read, when you are learning a new language? Most likely it is something you are genuinely interested in. But it can be hard to find something interesting to read, that you would also be able to read. For Japanese learners there is a set of books you could buy called Japanese Graded Readers. Every part of this series of books consists of 2 or up to as many as 5 volumes, where each volume contains a series of booklets, for a specific Level of Proficiency. The range covered is Level 0, which estimates that you are an absolute beginner who knows only 平仮名 (ひらがな), up to Level 4. Level 4 is the highest series and the reading material is targeted at people who are estimated to be at JLPT Level 3 or 2 (Japanese Language Proficency Test Level). It is said to be a good series. So far so good, but there is a catch. If you would want to buy all the readers, you would have to expend at least over 462$ because every books costs about 28$. So, even though you would be able to read the material, and considering that this is a great series of books, if money matters then this is certainly no option. Continue reading