【日本語】The First and Last Time I Ever Questioned My Progress

I was frustrated..

Some amount of time ago, I was sitting in front of my laptop.  I had just finished my SRS reps for the day, and I was frustrated.

“I still don’t know anything!”

“I can’t say what I want, when I want.”

“I still freeze and stumble over my words.”

“Will I ever understand all of this?”

Yes, I was being really dramatic.  For some reason, I just suddenly lost it.  I was ready to give up.

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Tadoku Round 2: Aftermath

The second round of Tadoku is over.

AND I REACHED MY GOAL OF 1000 PAGES!!

This is exciting for two reasons:

  1. I more than doubled my reading count from the last contest.
  2. Apparently, if I wake up early, stay in my room, and don’t look up words I don’t know, I can read hundreds of pages in a single day.  Yes, this is how I spent the last days of Tadoku Round II.  My head still hurts a little bit.

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Tadoku Round 2: Not an April Fools’ Prank

April 1st is almost here, and you (probably) know what that means….

TADOKU.  多読。Reading.  All Day Long.  Language Acquisition.  New Learning Methods.  Trash-Talk. Twitter.

What?  Read on, friend.

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Self-Study and the Classroom: Introduction

Hello hello.

You crazy awesome language learners have heard it all before: Classes are terrible for learning a language.

Although I tend to agree to some extent, I have to say that having access to native speakers and other learners who are genuinely interested in learning on a daily basis is very encouraging.  In fact, that’s what class is to me now, not a time to learn necessarily, but a time to simply add more fuel to the “I-wanna-learn-Japanese” fire.  Even so, I’ll learn new stuff sometimes.  But that’s not what this post is about.

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How I Use My SRS

Hello all and 今晩は。This is just a quick post to share my SRS formats.  If you have any ideas for other formats, I’m open to experimentation.  In fact, that’s the part that keeps me going.  Finding out new things, keeping what works, trashing what doesn’t.  For now, I use two decks, one for kanji and one for everything else (vocab, sentences, production).  I will probably combine them at some point.  Anyways, here are some examples of cards I use.

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