Yesterday I finally finished the 日本語総まとめ２級 漢字、語彙 and 文法 books. This not only marks the end of this part of my journey, but also the beginning for a yet another, which I will write about in more detail later on. But before I do that, I have something for my followers old and new, love you guys! I will release my deck which contains all vocabulary from the 漢字 and 語彙 books as well as the example sentences and of course all grammar points with detailed explanations from the 文法 book. You can choose from any of the following variants.
★ The whole deck (Vocabulary, Kanji, Grammar)
★ A mix of those decks
There is something I am asking you in return, which is a proof of ownership, without it you will not get any of the decks. A picture of the books and something handwritten on a piece of paper should do or anything else that’s unique. Surprise me! In order to get the Grammar deck, you also have to send me a picture of the following books, どんなときどう使う 日本語表現文型辞典, Dictionary of Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Grammar. If you don’t have them, you can still get the deck, minus the detailed grammar descriptions taken from the above mentioned books of course. You can leave a comment with a picture, and the decks you want and I will send them to you as soon as possible.
Now that I am finished with those books I know what my weaknesses and strengths are. My weaknesses are Grammar and use of Vocabulary, Kanji, Listening Comprehension and Reading are clearly my strengths. Here is how I plan to solve my problems in the months to come before the big test. The first thing I do is to read through どんなときどう使う 日本語表現文型辞典 in order from level 5 which is easiest to 1 which is the most difficult according to the author’s choice. I am going to read everything completely, starting from example sentence and ending with the grammar explanation, which is written in Japanese. Though there is also a very short “English for Runaways” explanation for each point which I am not going to pay any attention to. If you own the book you know what I mean, not the’s and a’s, to join sentences. I will also work through the 新完全マスター２級文法 book which I think will help the most. And additionally I have the 実力アップ!日本語能力試験N2「文のルール」(文字・語彙・文法) book which I will use for Vocabulary, and 日本語５００問中級 level book which I am going to use for both Vocabulary and maybe also Grammar drills.
I already started reading the どんなときどう使う 日本語表現文型辞典 and from the beginning of next month I will get started with the other books. As I am not planning to create any cards in Anki for it, it should not take longer than maybe an hour to work through each days lesson. The learning part with the 日本語総まとめ books took only 30 minutes for 5 books, creating the flashcards was what took the longest, almost 3 hours for the three books I created them for. So, considering the length of an average lesson in the 新完全マスター book, an hour per day is a realistic estimation of how long it is going to take. The other two will take no more than maybe 15 to 20 minutes as far as learning goes, and probably 20 to 30 minutes to create Vocabulary cards for the 日本語５００問中級 book. If it comes down to 2 hours, which is the maximum amount of time I want to spend learning per day, this is fine. More than that and I will cut out one of the books, because this is time better spend doing something with what I learned, instead of stuffing my head full of new information.
Besides learning I will focus on reading, which is the most important thing to me as you should already know, and also beat some little time with games and programming. And maybe both, but I am a little rusty, since the last time I have written some piece of code lies back in 2007. Since it’s something I can do in Japanese, I can learn something in a new programming environment, and I am thinking of F# F-Sharp and also C# C-Sharp. Maybe I am also going to learn some database programming, to improve on Wired-Marker it’s functionality. The website I am reading for learning is called Codezine. If you want to read full-articles there, you have to sign up for it, it is free but in my humble opionion it is worth the trouble. By which I mean the signing up process, which is anything but easy.
In connection with games I started reading walk-through’s of old Japanese games like Finaly Fantasy which is also one of my most favorite game series. Don’t ask me why but I like it, and it’s a good chance to pick up more vocabulary. Of course I don’t think of words such as ねずみのしっぽ but rather 階層 [かいそう]. This can be translated to either of the following words: class, level, layer, stratum or hierarchy, which can be used for graphs, charts, mind-maps and so on and so forth. Besides that I am reading game summaries, such as those you can find on the Sega website archive. Then I started reading one of my ムーミン谷 books, which has been lying around on my shelf for much too long now, just waiting to be read. In addition to that I am still crawling through two other books, one plays in a far away universe called 金と銀の旅 and the other is the first book of the 涼宮ハル series. I need variety and this is a good mix to keep me going. And finally there are myriads of website articles I have yet to read, and I hope someone out there will invent the youth and forever healthy pill in time, so that I can ever hope of reading it all.
Now I think it is time to read some more, so please excuse me, Dear Reader. May the final fight me against the books continue!