I finished the first Kanji in Context Workbook, 94 chapters, 1700 cards, and a hundred grey hairs later, follows the release of the deck. The deck is structured in the following way.
– The word or words are on the front of the deck
– The sentence or sentences are on the back
There are words that I thought would need a definition, so there is a separate field called 意味 in this deck, which is on the back of the cards.
– The word or words are defined like this 肺胞 【はいほう】
In case of such a word, i chose to use a picture, to make clear what it means. I tried to find appropriate pictures, sometimes containing book titles, and sometimes an additional text for you to read. Sometimes I decided to add a short definition in Japanese, and if you find any errors or mistakes in them, you can blame me for it. In most cases, however, I decided to go with pictures, because they make clear what it is about.
Recently I started debating with myself whether or not it is worth to learn 四字熟語 [よじじゅくご] 4 character idomatic compounds and 諺 [ことわざ] proverbs in isolation. I am just not sure if its worth the effort to memorize them, meaning to add them to Anki, or simply start to read without the intention to memorize any at all. On the one hand I find both very interesting, on the other hand there are other aspects of the language that I have yet to learn, which are more important. It would also make for a good group project to kick off, to add them to flashcards, and then review them. What’s your opinion? Should I learn them now, or at least read them all, or should I better leave them for later?
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.
A little earlier today, or in the middle of the night to be precise, i had the opportunity to talk to Michiel Kamermans, the author of the book An Introduction to Japanese – Syntax, Grammar & Language. You can buy it here. While we were talking about this and that, i asked him, if he would write a follow up book. Containing more advanced grammar. He said he would write another book, though not about intermediate or advanced Japanese grammar. He told me that his next book would teach kanji and vocabulary. But before this can happen, there is still some work to do, having to do with Kanji.
If there is one thing in this world i love more than anything else it is reading books. The first book i was able to read, was written by Rolf Kalmuczak a.k.a Stefan Wolf, called T.K.K.G. I was four years old at the time. Once i was able to read all by myself, my parents bought a new book every other week, which i read in a matter of days. 120 pages were like nothing for me. Continue reading
When you are learning the Japanese language, and your wish is to become literate, you can’t avoid to learn the 漢字 (かんじ) at some point in time. For me the Kanji learner phase began in late October of last year. The method i choose for learning the characters was with a book, written by James W. Heisig Remembering the Kanji 5th Edition, that promises to teach the meaning and writing of 2042 odd 漢字. My daily routine during that time was to learn 34 frames, writing out the characters i was learning, writing stories in the later stages of the learning process, and adding new cards to Anki. Also reviewing the 漢字 i had learned became a daily routine. Because i was devoting all my time to the task, i was able to finish the book in 2 months and 24 days. Continue reading