Monthly Archives: July 2011

Vocab of the day [1]

Since every language learning blog has it my blog will get one, too. A vocabulary of the day section. Since I’m learning vocabulary, or 単語 in Japanese, what could be better than to teach you these words as well, dear Reader? This is why I will post one word every day, and write something about the background, or a picture. Something that best describes the words and helps to understand it. Since i’ve already lost enough words to the introduction of this new section, let me inaugurate it with the first word of the day.

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Kanji in Context

I’ve been adding the 300th card of Kanji in Context today into Anki. Time to celebrate! But then again there is hardly time to celebrate, because there is nothing to celebrate about this, in the first place. But I want to write something more about this book and the method. Provided one has not only the reference book, which contains all the vocabulary, but also the workbook you are ready to rock.

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Learning Tip

I would like to share a tip with you today about how to learn vocabulary.


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The Future is Now

Dear reader, in my last article i have written about my plans in the near future. Today I write about what has changed since that article was published. The future is now, and i don’t have all the time in the world, to lay off plans to the near or distant future. When I can do the things right now i will do exactly that.

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Future plans

As per request from Tori, I will not only write about my future plans in this article, but also how I intend to work with the material I already have, or will have in the future.

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Random Thoughts and Happiness

Today i finished chapter 1 of An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese! *やった* I am really happy about this. I thought by writing everything by hand, it would take much longer to finish a chapter, but this was obviously wrong. I started working on the translations for the three dialogues, the reading and speed reading section, in about 4 days. Working through the chapters like this, feels more rewarding to me, than doing everything on my PC. It is almost as if i were doing RTK again. Only this time with long sentences, my Basic, Intermediate and Advanced dictionaries of Japanese Grammar, and some other books.

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What’s Up, Doc?

Eight days ago, after my last entry, i began doing something i should have done a long time ago. I was working through Genki II, i choose grammatically interesting sentences, and with the help of A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, A Dictionary of Intermediate Grammar, A Dictionary of Japanese Particles, How to tell the Difference between Japanese Particles, as well as some Online resources, i started translating them from Japanese to English. I was handwriting all the time, with a piece of paper, and a 0.1 pigment liner. This gave me more practice in writing, and i was really enjoying, doing it. Time also flew by without noticing it. I can really say that having done this, gave me a whole new understanding of sentences in general, grammar and particles in particular, and my reading and writing speed increased manyfold.

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