Category Archives: Kanji Odyssey

KO.2001 Pick Up the Pace

Some days have gone by, and nothing happened. Today some changes have taken place. It must have been two or three weeks ago, when I decided to set the session limit for my reviews to 2 minutes. When I started with it, I could review 8 or 9 sentence cards, and about 7 vocabulary cards. In the meantime, my speed has increased considerably, so that I became able to review up to 25 to 30 vocabulary and sentence cards. I do recognition cards only, reading the sentences or words out loud, and check for the correctness of my answer.

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Ko.2001 And Beyond

Since 2.3 months I am working with KO.2001 and today I reached frame 700 so only 400 more to go *やった* By learning with RTK, and since I am learning with KO.2001, I really start to realize what I am capable of. But while learning with Genki, RTK, and other books, I have not once asked myself one essential question. What was it that makes my learning effective? I was pointing out factors that were influencing my learning experience in a positive way. The settings in Anki for example, the set-up of my deck, and other things. What I haven’t done so far is to think of ways to improve my learning. When I start learning something new, I always like to discover and experience everything in a playful way first, and then narrow and focus on particular things that I need to know. 1 year and 6 months after starting to learn Japanese, the time has come to start thinking about it, and work out a way to reach my first real big goal.

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KO.2001 – Forgetfulness

I have learned everything up to frame 605. It becomes increasingly harder to remember so many new words per day. Not that I am surprised about it, as this is nothing new. I just have to keep at it like I did with RTK and KO.2001 Level1. Forgetting is normal, and in my case a sure sign that my exposure to the language has to increase even more, but the day only has so many hours. So, what else is new? I told you about my reading adventures with ムーミン谷の彗星. I read in it every day now, right after doing my reviews, adding new cards, watching Anime, or reading around the web. At first I could only read 2 pages in 3 hours, now I am slowly increasing this by 5 pages in 4 1/2 hours. Today I was able to read 7 in 8 hours. Seems more than it was, because I took many breaks in between, and also kept writing out vocabulary. I have to do this, because many words are written in Kana, and I have to convert it to their Kanji form.

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Ko.2001 All on Board! We Set Sails!

Dear Reader, today … no, yesterday, I went back on board the S.S. Kanji Odyssey 2001, to travel to new and yet unknown islands, somewhere in the Kanji sea. It seemed like a slow start, the engines were running, but I hardly made any progress. While standing at the railing, looking over the azure-blue sea, I promised myself not to add Kanji numbers on my cards again. This is an unnecessary step, so I will cut it out, but … Three sentence cards later, I went back, to add all the Kanji numbers because they belong on my cards. 5 hours, 3 reviews, and 150 sentence and vocab cards later, on our cruise in a north-north-eastern direction, I decided to stop adding new cards for the day. I was too annoyed from the new voices the Captain hired, reading the sentences on the computer for me. Really, what has Captain CosCom thought, when he hired them, I ask you? The good thing was that the sun was still shining, it was a pleasant day, so I decided to start reading books!

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KO.2001 Level 1 – Day of the Release

Dear Reader, yesterday I was able to finish Kanji Odyssey Level 1, in a very long sitting. That I was able to finish the program yesterday was only because Zorlee, a highly valued member over at forum.koohii.com, inspired me to do it. I surely didn’t plan to sit down and work my way through 40 frames, adding 290 sentences and vocab cards, and review all of them. But I am glad I did! Also the past entries in the The “I have finished KO.2001 Please Congratulate Me” thread added to my wish to sit down and get it done. I started around 10:30 a.m. and I was done at 11:03 p.m. I was overjoyed when I typed in the last sentence, and realized, that I really did it! I finished Level 1 of Kanji Odyssey!

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Ko.2001 The Post With no Title

Dear reader, the first month is over, and the Ko.2001 is getting easier. My reading ability has improved since I started with the material, but production is falling short which I will work on it again, once my reviews start dying down. The emphasize right now is learning vocabulary, and this is more important than production. The only thing I don’t like about Kanji Odyssey right now is the high amount of business related vocabulary. The names of cities, companies and people could be more creative. A社, S社, Aさん etc. is a bit of a waste. Having real names and places names would have been great, because they could be learned along with vocabulary. But this is only a minor complaint. In one sentence I took the freedom and changed A社 to ACME社 because it fit so well. The sentence reminded me of Looney Toons and ACME 研究所 so I just had to change it. In case you are curious what the sentence is that I changed, it was this one. ここはACME社の研究所。この研究所には最新の設備がある。 Other than that there was no real necessity to change anything.

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Ko.2001 Day 28

I am adding cards every day since some days now and the numbers of cards in my deck has grown to 1688. Not bad for almost a month, if I do say so myself. It starts getting harder now to remember every word, and I started mixing up readings, しょう, しゅう, じょう and じゅう for instance. I guess this happens to everyone with at one point, so I should not worry about it too much. It helps to drag along and space out those cards instead of failing them many times. I space them out for 7 days at most, and if they still don’t stick, I fail them instantly. I should try to do this with hard cards as well. Having many cards due in 1 day because I rate them hard does nothing for my vocabulary retention. There is also no reason to waste time and get booged down on a handful of words, because they will come up so many times in the weeks and months to come, that they will start to stick.

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