Category Archives: Learning methods

Quiz Show

There are several ways and directions to learn words in Japanese. Many people prefer to review their cards from English to Japanese, and from Japanese to English, but only in the beginning. In its place steps a sentence to have some context. Pure word lists are also in order for some, but considering that one has to learn thousands of words, this becomes troublesome. The review in all cases is either Kanji -> Reading -> Translation, or Reading -> Kanji -> Translation, or without any translation at all. Once a translation is no longer needed, the direction in which the reviews take place are Word -> Sentence -> Kanji -> Reading -> Sentence. The definition in Japanese is probably just another element, and not a single card in the direction Word -> Definition, which is logic. Who would ever want to learn definitions for thousands of words?

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Hide It

There are numerous ways to review facts with Anki. For active recall a so-called cloze-deletion card is ideal. This is the type of card where certain parts are closed out with brackets. Another way is to change colors of parts of a sentence you try to recall. But what about books? You know the old paper things covered with dust on your bookshelf, like the multi-volume Encyclopedia you bought but never touched. The ones you got for a high price just to make the impression of being smart to your visitors. Yes, there are ways to review in much the same way as with the SRS, too.

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Effective Marking Strategies

Since the time I discovered Wiredmarker I have put it to good use. Or so I thought. In the beginning I used the tool to mark vocabulary in articles and books. You can imagine how this must have looked like, everything in yellow, which is one of my favorite colours. After marking only vocabulary, grammar followed, marked in grey. Next came known and unknown words, marked in red and green. There have also been place and personal names, marked in turquoise. And before you know it, I was drowning in a sea of colors, no pleasure to go back and read. For re-reading articles I had to come up with a solution. Flushing the cache the markers are gone for the time being. Since Wiredmarker keeps a seperate cached page, so it was safe to flush the browser cache. While re-reading a website, I started to mark what I have forgotten once more, and then compared it with the archive. To my dissatisfaction I haven’t been using the full potential to make reading easier.

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Reading for Writing

It is funny. Here I am, wanting to write. I have the perfect source for learning it, and yet I am reading even more about writing, than I actually write. I guess this is inevitable. Even mori7 stresses the importance to read consistently, to develop knowledge and a feeling for the language, before starting to write. They are giving this advice to both parents and teachers, as well as the older students visiting their site. I am neither a preschool nor a school child, or a child at all, but you knew that already. Only in my heart I will remain to be one. That aside, in a way, I am currently a child again. I am trying to learn a culture technique, probably the most important next to speaking, and my level is close to that of a 1st grade elementary school child.

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Learning Tip

One of numerous ways to overcome the problem of forgetting words is to write them out. You can do this while you are learning a word to remember it later on. Or you can write a whole sentence out as a punishment during your reviews. I did the following to try not to forget words.

    Copying the words into a browser window, and hover over it with Rikaisama set to Japanese.
    Messing the desktop with notes containing the words and the English translation.
    Write out the words during reviews.
    Write the word numerous times in Kanji and Kana.
    Write the whole sentence.

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Anki Card Scheduling

Sometimes there are problems that really exist. Sometimes, the problems are the product of one’s own actions, but there is always also a solution. Currently having to deal with the heat is a problem. Dealing with Anki Schedules is a problem that can be solved with a few clicks of a mouse-button. And today I will talk about a solution for dealing with high numbers of cards.

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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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