Saturday, December 13, 2008

Studying Kanji

Dude! You're doing it wrong!



For anyone who uses SRS methods to study, or more specifically, the Remembering the Kanji method, you can see that I've become... lazy lately.

I'll outline the way I've been studying Japanese for the past 6 or 7 months. If you have any advice, please let me know in a comment. This is an important thing for me, and I could use as much help as possible.
  • Study grammar and basic vocabulary from theGenki textbooks. There are basically 3 different beginner books out there, with Minna no Nihongo and Japanese for Busy People being the others.
  • Enter all the new vocabulary into Anki, the SRS program I use.
  • Each night I review vocab and basic grammar structures with Anki.
  • Study Kanji seperately using the Remembering the Kanji method. This is the method where you study the pieces of Kanji and make stories for each word. There is a separate SRS application on that website. I've gotten into the habit of only studying Kanji on the weekends, when I have downtime at my weekend job. As you can see from the above screenshot, I've been neglecting this lately.
  • Recently I found this site, Read The Kanji, and I really like it. Lately I've been using this a lot and entering the tough ones into Anki for my nightly studies.
This is how I study at home when I'm on my own. I practice all the time with friends, language exchange partners, and Junior High students.

I'd love to say I study a good hour a day, but it's more like 30 minutes on average.

Advice please!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe go from studying 30 minutes a day to an hour a day? OR spend some loot on this:

http://www.rosettastone.com/personal/languages/japanese

playadom said...

i swear, i just saw this image