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Sunday, August 31st, 2008
5:05 pm
[ashi]
Kanji smarter, not harder
So, I found this site recently:
http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/all-japanese-all-the-time-ajatt-how-to-learn-japanese-on-your-own-having-fun-and-to-fluency

And I have more kanji retention in under a week than I've had ever before. Sure, some of my "100 kanji a week" study from last year helped, but I didn't check retention much then.

The key for the kanji part is computerized SRS (Spaced Repitition Software) flashcards. I'm using a program called Anki, available for Mac/Linux/Windows, that comes with a nice deck of basic kanji. Each kanji comes up, and if I don't know it, it will come up again after 10 minutes of studying other kanji. I can click on the name to get a nice story from the "Reviewing the Kanji" site (free account required). I can sync my progress between different copmuters or even study online (once setting it up on at least one computer).

The kanji I've learned will be reviewed within a week or so, then two weeks if I still remember them well, then longer.

The stories on "Remembering the Kanji" are based on the Heisig method but are user submitted. I've submitted two of my own stories so far. Warning, some kanji stories can be offensive, but some of those are the ones that stick in my mind the most.
Saturday, July 7th, 2007
12:27 am
[ashi]
slack and moving on...
Yeah, I finally slacked off for a week, and I don't see picking up that crazy pace again.

So, this weekend I'll be studying a song... listening to it and writing it down and thinking about the individual words and kanji. It's Venus Say by Buzy, the opening theme from Futatsu no Spica (Twin Spica), one of my favorite series.

I copied it from: http://mymedia.blog.yam.com/m/413428


Venus Say - Buzy

作詞:新藤晴一 作曲/編集:本間照光

弱き旅人よ 引き返すがいい 倒れてしまう前に
それでもお前は行くと言うのか遠い空の向こうまで
幾千の旅人が 私に祈る時は
無謀にも旅路に倒れた後なの
ここじゃないどこかには
今じゃないいつかには
お前が探してる愛があるというの
私が与えた運命のもとで
おとなしくしてればいいのに

弱き旅人よ 近づいておいで 私の膝元まで
抱きしめてあげよう 見せてあげよう 遠い空のその先よ
What you wanna go? I will make it happen.

Lyrics: SHINDOU Haruichi Composition/Arrangement: HOMMA Akimitsu
yowaki tabibito yo hikikaesu ga ii taorete shimau mae ni
sore demo omae wa iku to iu no ka tooi sora no mukou made
ikusen no tabibito ga watashi ni inoru toki wa
mubou ni mo tabiji ni taoreta ato na no
koko ja nai dokoka ni wa
ima ja nai itsuka ni wa
omae ga sagashiteru ai ga aru to iu no
watashi ga ataeta unmei no moto de
otonashiku shitereba ii no ni
Do you know? I'm a Venus. Do you know? I'm a Venus.
yowaki tabibito yo chikazuite oide watashi no hizamoto made
dakishimete ageyou misete ageyou tooi sora no sono saki wo
What you wanna go? I will make it happen.

English version
Faint-hearted traveler, you should pull back now, before you collapse
But you still say that you want to go on? To the other side of the distant sky...

Thousands of travelers before have prayed to me before
After they collapsed at the end of their reckless journeys
In a place that is not here
In a time that is not now
You're searching, saying that there's love there

Even though you could just patiently wait
For the destiny that I have given you
Do you know? I'm a Venus.

Faint-hearted traveler, come closer to me. Come sit at my feet
I will embrace you, and show you
What is waiting beyond the distant sky
What you wanna go? I will make it happen.
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
6:13 pm
[ashi]
Monday, June 4th, 2007
2:15 pm
[ashi]
Kanji for June 4
http://japanese.about.com/blkod801.htm
through
http://japanese.about.com/blkod812.htm

Saturday night and Sunday night I wound up doing all 20 just before bed. It was madness and tiring, but I am certainly getting faster.

Current Mood: sleepy
Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
2:06 pm
[ashi]
Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
2:06 pm
[ashi]
Friday, June 1st, 2007
2:06 pm
[ashi]
Thursday, May 31st, 2007
2:06 pm
[ashi]
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
9:35 am
[ashi]
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
10:09 am
[ashi]
Kanji for May 29
http://japanese.about.com/blkod713.htm
through
http://japanese.about.com/blkod724.htm

I made it through Baycon/Fanime/Kublacon weekend somehow while doing all my kanji. If I can make it through that, I'll probably be fine.
Monday, May 28th, 2007
10:09 am
[ashi]
Sunday, May 27th, 2007
10:09 am
[ashi]
Saturday, May 26th, 2007
10:09 am
[ashi]
Friday, May 25th, 2007
9:16 am
[ashi]
Kanji for May 25
http://japanese.about.com/blkod649.htm
through
http://japanese.about.com/blkod660.htm

Can I keep this up with three conventions this weekend? We'll see...
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
5:34 pm
[ashi]
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
5:35 pm
[ashi]
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
8:01 am
[ashi]
Monday, May 21st, 2007
9:07 am
[ashi]
Sunday, May 20th, 2007
9:05 am
[ashi]
Kanji for May 20
http://japanese.about.com/blkod581.htm
through
http://japanese.about.com/blkod600.htm

I did all of my kanji practice on Sunday during the Baycon meeting.
Saturday, May 19th, 2007
9:05 am
[ashi]
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