I would like to share a tip with you today about how to learn vocabulary.
From top to bottom you can see the Expression, the Meaning in English, the word in Hiragana, the Kanji, and the 音読み on 訓読み reading. Nothing out of the ordinary, but wait, every one of my cards i have added so far, has all this information. When I do my reviews, i have either the Expression on the front, and the rest on the back, or the Meaning, and the rest of the information on the flip-side of the cards. And here is how to ease memorizing vocabulary.
Since every card has the 音読み and 訓読み information, and one of the Kanji in the Expression field is always also present, i did the following. I altered the information a bit, so that it now looks like this.
In this layout, only one reading in the 訓読み field is present, which matches the reading for the Kanji in the Expression field. How is this of any help? It reinforces the reading for the Kanji, depending on the layout of the cards, when you do your reviews. And you can set it up in several ways to help you memorize vocabulary, when you are testing Japanese to English. You can have both 読み fields on the front of the card, and get a display of the reading, which should help you to reinforce the reading, and how to read the word. If you don’t want this hint to be present all the time, you can change the color of the 読み fields to white. It should speed up your reviews considerably when you do recognition cards.
I hope that this little tip helps you in your vocabulary study as well. If you have any comments, suggestions, or anything else you wish to tell me, please leave a comment.