Monthly Archives: December 2011

[Tip] Learn Kanji Readings the Easy Way

Japanese is full of those characters originating from China. The trouble for most learners seems to be to remember their readings. There are numerous ways to memorize at least the 音読み. One of them is called the movie method, invented by a member over at kanji.koohi.com This is very helpful, but as you know, there are not only 音読み but also 訓読み readings. And once you are learning vocabulary, you will run into the problem, that words can have one and the same reading and you have to remember them.

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Another Learning Tool

Hello, Dear Reader! I hope you had a pleasant time during Christmas with all your friends and families. I sure had! But now, that the holidays are over, it is back to the books in my case, to learn for the JLPT. But this, of course, is not the topic I am going to write today. Instead I am going to introduce a Plug-In for Firefox which is called Web Developer You are surely going to scratch your head right now, asking yourself, how is this going to help in learning Japanese? And here comes the answer.

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The Core

Yesterday I decided to up my vocabulary bit by bit with the CORE Plus Deck. This is a deck for Anki which is freely available for download. It contains 25656 cards, and I am planning to study 20 cards per day, and see how far this will get me. This is not a challenge or anything. I just thought I could do a little more besides working parallely with the 5 総まとめ books to increase my chances of passing the 2級 next year. 20 cards per day are easily doable, and it takes less than 5 minutes, so its perfect for doing it on the side.

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[JLPT 2] Week 1

The first week is over, and today I have taken my first practice tests, in the 総まとめ2級 books. In this one week I learned Kanji readings 音・訓 for 80 Kanji, 226 kanji words, 177 vocabulary words, 62 grammar points, and an additional set of vocabulary which I can’t tell the exact number of, because those are stemming from my reading and listening books. My first plan was to SRS all books, but then decided that 漢字、語彙、文法 are enough for now. Every other day I did the short exercises, and my results were more or less good, depending on the topic and how well I learned the material. My overall scores for each individual day were not bad, but I could have done better.

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[JLPT 2] Day 1 [1]

Even though I was planning to begin learning for the JLPT yesterday, I decided to give myself another day to rest and recover, because I really didn’t feel that good. This was a good decision, and just what I needed. Instead of learning I was playing some SNES games, one of them Earthbound, and the other 赤ずきんチャチャ, to do at least something in Japanese besides reading. Besides that I was also signing myself up for the J-Test, which I plan to take this coming weekend. It is a good idea to know what my strenghts and weaknesses are, and what I have to work on in order to improve in the coming months. But enough of what I did yesterday! Today, after a good nights rest and feeling much better, I finally started learning with the 日本語総まとめ books.

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JLPT 2 – Day 1

My “holiday” is officially over. It was a fun week for the most part. I was watching Anime and reading ナルニア物語 most of the time. If only … I wouldn’t have caught a cold, which was causing fever and headaches, it would have been a perfect week. But, unfortunately, this is what happened on friday. I got sick, and the other day I had fever and headaches. I missed two days of reviews … But, luckily, I only had some 400 cards waiting for review when I felt a bit better to do them on sunday. It still took a long time to get them done, and I even read part of chapter 8 in my book. I am still not fully recovered, and I don’t feel like sitting up front my PC to start learning, so I am writing an article on here.

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Reading Reading Reading

What better thing to do on cold days like these, than curl up with a good book, and a cuppa coffee? This is what I am doing right now, since this is my week off so to say. The book I am reading right now is from the Narnia special edition series of books I bought some months ago. They have been my reward for finishing KO.2001 level 1. To read one chapter per day is my goal, and so far, I haven’t failed to achieve it. Today I am going to read chapter 4 of 20, and maybe even chapter 5, if I am in the mood. For the most part this book is written in Hiragana, with only some Kanji reappearing here and there. As the words are coming up ever so often, I don’t have to SRS most of them, they simply are learned by seeing them more than once. Of course it is a little inconvenient that I have to look the words up in a dictionary, in case I do want to see their Kanji counterpart, but this is only a minor thing. The book is easy to read, and I already learned some new grammar from it.

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