Just a few more days until Tadoku!!
Tadoku (多読) is basically extensive reading. There is a very good summary about it here.
I’m really excited for this competition. I don’t expect to place very well, especially considering there are well over 70 participants, but that’s not the point of the contest (at least not for me). I just want to get into the habit of reading Japanese everyday, and I think doing it for a month will be long enough to make it a habit. Perfect. I went to Kinokuniya a few days ago to buy some manga, so I’m really excited. Flipping through the pages, I found that there is furigana for all of the kanji, which is both good and bad, I think.
Well, I’ll see you in February, assuming I’ll be too busy reading to do anything else. Except eating and sleeping. Maybe showering. We’ll see.
Happy New Year/Holidays/Tadoku
I decided I would make my transition into using monolingual sources for my Japanese acquisition. It’s only been a few days, but I think this is the way to go. It just feels really good to look up a definition, see a line of kanji, and say “I can figure this out.”
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I have joined the legion of people who use immersion as part of their language learning routine. I like to call them the Immersioneers. And as a direct result of this change, I’m finally taking everything more seriously by, of course, having more fun. After all, that’s the best way to learn, right?
I also realized why my progress in Japanese had felt so unsatisfactory. I was only learning in class, and only studying what I “learned” in class.
Studying Latin didn’t really give me a chance to try out immersion as a learning technique, so this is my first attempt at such a technique. (Actually, I guess Korean was my first attempt at immersion learning, though I’m only realizing it now as I type this…) Anyways, to the point!
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Learning a new language is not something that you can attempt half-assed and expect to make ridiculous improvements. Lazy efforts bring about lazy results. On the other side of the spectrum, we have those who entirely devote themselves to learning. I like to think I am somewhere close to the latter.
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Today was my first day of language exchange. At least, the way I envisioned language exchange. I am a huge fan of sites such as lang-8 and Livemocha (both sites I will discuss in greater detail later), it’s just I always imagined actually talking to someone in real-time instead of playing message tag. I wanted instant gratification, ya know?
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One big reason I started this blog was to track my progress in learning Japanese. I’d like to introduce myself as well as my intentions with this section of the blog.
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