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[Release] Quiz Deck

As promised, today is the release of one of my quiz decks. This deck contains 915 cards, with multiple choice answers, 4 per card. You can download it from the 4-shared website. The archive is password and the password is Nagareboshi. For questions, comments, or just for a thank you, please leave a comment.

I am very sorry that some of you visited my blog in vain in the search for the promised shared deck. I corrected the link and uploaded the file to a different host. I should have checked the accessibility before posting the link but now it should hopefully work. Sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused you.

[Beginners Resource] Vocabulary and Dialogues

Here is another resource for those among my readers who just started out learning Japanese. At the Tokyo University of Foreign Language Study website you can learn Vocabulary, presented as a list according to topic, for instance 道 (みち), with a group of words like 橋 (はし), bridge、交差点 (こうさてん) crossing、車 (くるま) car、to memorize. After memorizing and a click on 次へ (つぎへ), next, you hear a word 3 times, and you can then have an example sentence for each of the words read for you. If you want to you can figure out the sentence by reading it first, and afterwards listen to the example sentence.

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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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Kanji in Context

I’ve been adding the 300th card of Kanji in Context today into Anki. Time to celebrate! But then again there is hardly time to celebrate, because there is nothing to celebrate about this, in the first place. But I want to write something more about this book and the method. Provided one has not only the reference book, which contains all the vocabulary, but also the workbook you are ready to rock.

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A few weeks ago i noticed that i had much difficulty to remember new vocabulary. The grammar points and vocabulary taught in げんき 2 aren’t any more difficult, or the explanations given in the book harder to understand, than those in げんき 1. I thought that maybe I had hit a plateau, and maybe i should go slower, to let the new information sink in before i move on to the next chapter. This brought not the solution i was hoping for. All i knew was that i had to make a change in methods. Continue reading

Sentence Mining

I have read quite a bit about sentence mining, but never came around actually trying this out myself. Today i decided to start doing it, and i was quite surprised, how much fun it can be! Not to mention how valuable it is, in terms of acquiring new vocabulary, readings, and additional information about certain words, while i was digging for sentences. So, today I opened up one of my Anki Vocabulary decks, and started to copy and paste out words to Yahoo Japan 辞書, and sentences back into it. Continue reading

単語 – Vocabulary

When we are learning with a textbook, at the beginning of a chapter we usually get a huge vocab list, which we have to memorize. There are certain categories like 名詞 (Nouns) or Adjectives and Adverbs, under which the words are grouped, but the words themselves are a random mix. There are no sub-groups like Sports when we learn words like 野球 (やきゅう) baseball, スキー ski, or ゴルフ golf. All we get is a random list, with several dozen words, and it is our task to feed our brains with those new pieces of information.

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