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Building Intuition and Listening Skills in a Foreign Language with Transcription

For the purposes of this post, I will define transcription simply as the act of writing down text given the audio. I’ve been doing it for a while now and I think there are several advantages to incorporating transcription into your study regimen.

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November Bookmeter Stats

You may have noticed I haven’t been doing a lot of book reading lately. I’ve been playing around with a program for reading foreign texts as well as spending a lot of time studying and listening to Mandarin. But my bookshelf is getting a little lonely. It’s already a few days into December, but I plan on getting through at least three books that have been on my queue for a while now.

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October Bookmeter Stats

Last month was yet another Tadoku contest, but I actually didn’t get much reading done. I’ve been busy with several projects but that’s all I can say about that right now. Anyways, I got through a great novel and some manga, in addition to all the reading that can’t be logged in 読書メーター. As always, you can find my thoughts on the stories below the links.

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Goi App Review

About a month ago I was contacted by a company looking for people to test its new app for learning Japanese vocabulary.  I jumped at the chance to try a new tool and I agreed to write a fair, balanced review for the app in the hopes that others would become aware of a new tool in the Japanese learning arsenal. Then I got really sick and didn’t do anything for over a month. But now that I’m feeling  better, I’ll go ahead and post this review.

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