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?
The reviews per day are increasing rapidly. Today, of all days in the short 1 year history since I started using Anki, was the one with the highest review number. 1115 cards. The good thing is, that I am nearly done with the JLPT N1 vocabulary part of the CorePlus deck. It looks like that it will take another 15 days from today, before I have this part down, which marks the end of my adding cards from this deck. What would be left, that might, or might not be interesting to keep adding, are maybe the Homophone and the Suru parts. The Suru part is down to 1169 of 2029 cards, and the Homophone part is down to 3078 right now. I don’t really feel like finishing these parts anytime soon, because I will lower the number of new cards to 20 per day, if at all. The deck is down to 17224 cards from 25705, which I started to review exactly 7 months ago. A long way if you ask me.
I am almost finished with Core 6000, 280 cards left, and I am done with this one. The way I was reviewing is a little different from what you might expect. I had the word in Kana on the front, and Kanji, the translations along with the sentences on the back, but without audio. This comes down to having reviewed more than 5000 cards so far. I can now say that it is logic, but what this did was rather unexpected. Kana represent Mora, and when I listen to something, this is all my brain gets to work with. Instead of reviewing Kanji to Kana and sentences plus audio, and instead reviewing the other way around but without audio, my listening comprehension sky-rocketed! No joke.
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
Today I am going to write about my third attempt to create a grammar deck. Until yesterday I wasn’t too sure that it would work this time. When I started today, I first wiped most of the sentence cards I created two days ago, except those containing grammar points. I already had the grammar information on the remaining 15 or 16 sentences cards, so there was nothing more to do for the time being. Before I could begin entering example sentences from the main part of Lesson 1, there were still two questions that needed an answer.
A few days ago I finished Kanji Odyssey! Thank you CosCom, for your great product, it is really worth every cent! After a day of rest, reviews, and reading, it is time to go back to the books and work on grammar, particles, and the acquisition of more vocabulary. Yesterday I began mining An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese without putting much thought into what I really want to have in my SRS. I was typing everything in. Dialogues, sentences from the reading sections, speed reading sentences, and grammar information.
I got tired of this after Lesson 1. It was not effective, and I didn’t want to review individual sentences from dialogues, that I already know. When I want to read, I can read it in the book, so I stopped. When I was done with it, I probably had 200 something cards in my new deck. I will remove most of them. Later on I took a sheet of paper, a pen, and wrote down some ideas how to approach the material, and what I really want to have in my SRS.
After having had a rather bad day yesterady, and still feeling tired today, I decided to maintain, read a little bit, and relax. When I got up, I had 280 cards due for review, which was dealt with pretty quickly. I took my time for it, so it took almost an hour minutes. Lately I get most of my cards out the way when I get up, in less than an hour and 20 minutes, which equals 435 cards. I do this in 2 minute sessions, some consecutive when adding new cards, to get most cards out of the way to have some time until another bunch of cards become due. Sometimes I spread out the sessions over the course of a day, but no session is longer than 2 minutes.