我輩はブリートである。

The chronicles of Burrito's bizarre adventure into Japanese.

Status report: March 10th, 2010

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One week later, and progress is fiiine.

As you can see, I’m just about “done” with the JLPT 4 and 3 decks. All that remains now is repetition of the vocabulary, though I am itching to open the JLPT 2 flood gates…

This has been a very interesting experiment thus far, I gotta say. Comparing ReadTK’s method of “intensive drilling now, review later” to Anki’s spaced repetition is especially fascinating. I do have some bad habits to work out, though; I sometimes catch myself unconsciously drilling a word without really paying attention to its meaning. Usually in this case, when it comes up for review a few days later, it’s more or less as though I’ve never seen it before (perhaps a little easier to recall its reading thanks to some subconscious element). On the other hand, I’m very impressed by how easily and quickly I can recall so many of these words now. I’ve also found that my “educated guesses” toward a word’s reading are becoming frighteningly accurate; oftentimes I nail it, and if I’m off it’s usually by a very small margin. It’s the kind of thing that really keeps my morale up and keeps me on track.

No matter my study method, though, I still have trouble with verbs. Nouns and adjectives are normally very easy for me to learn, and I rarely forget them once I’ve come across them a few times, but verbs… well, they’re another story. I think it’s largely due to the fact that so many verbs sound alike, often with a single syllable being the difference. Similar to grammar, I think the only real solution is more exposure in a variety of contexts.

At any rate, I’m pleased with my progress lately. My focus on vocabulary has been going great, and I think it’s a step (perhaps a giant, soaring leap if I can keep this pace up) in the right direction.

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Written by ritobito

March 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

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  1. Wow look at all that green! That’s pretty inspiring. I was trying out readthekanji today trying to figure out which way I wanted to go for reading/vocab.

    drivers99

    March 10, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    • It’s interesting the way the % “strength” works. It’s relatively easy to push a card into light green, but dark green is an entirely different matter, especially for words. Kanji gets increased in every instance where it’s included in a word (and answered correctly, obviously), so it’s been pretty easy to push most kanji up but doesn’t necessarily guarantee that I know all of its readings well.

      Vocabulary on the other hand seems to work a lot more similarly to an SRS – light green simply means it’s a young card, whereas dark green is more like a mature card. As you can see, the vast majority of the vocab I’ve reviewed so far is still light green, so I have a heck of a lot of repetition ahead of me…

      But yeah, I’m still digging it! I’m still using SRS alongside (did quite a bit today in fact), but I really like how this site is working out.

      burritolingus

      March 12, 2010 at 1:07 am


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