我輩はブリートである。

The chronicles of Burrito's bizarre adventure into Japanese.

Status report: March 17th, 2010

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It’s that time again! Although my pace has slowed compared to the previous weeks, progress is still being made steadily.

I’m noticing that JLPT4 vocab is rapidly becoming dark green (above 80%) now, which is encouraging. I’m curious to see how frequently it will show those cards, but for now, it’s nice to get them out of the way. I seldom have trouble with JLPT4 vocabulary, but a handful of words from 3 still trip me up every now and then – if you compare the “fail ratio” between the two, that much becomes apparent quickly. Meanwhile, JLPT2 vocab is trickling in nice and steadily. This pace should increase more as I work the vocab from 4 and 3 into dark green.

It’s interesting to note that, while I’ve barely scratched the vocab part, I’ve already seen most of the JLPT2 kanji. Why is this? Because a huge chunk of those suckers are already included in vocabulary of the two previous grades. Works for me! I’m seeing the same result with 1’s kanji, as I go through 2’s vocab.

Alongside ReadTK, I’ve been keeping at my daily kanji reviews in the form of Japanese keyword to kanji, finally having retired my poor, decrepit Heisig deck once and (dare I say it?!) for all. This is a decision I don’t regret in the slightest, as I get pretty much all of the same benefits and then some. I’ll go into further detail sometime later this week. Additionally, I’ve been doing some tinkering with other decks, but nothing too concrete or consistent… yet.

Finally, I’ve brushed off RPG-o-thon and have been getting back into some good old-fashioned monster-head-bustin’! Perhaps the biggest problem of all in my studies is my comparatively low amount of immersion (in the form of fun stuff like games and manga) to study. That shite ain’t gonna fly – not for long, anyway. I’ve been focusing heavily on vocabulary recently, but as I’ve eased considerably on reviewing sentences and haven’t been doing much reading, I’ve noticed my reading comprehension absolutely tank. Not good, not good at all. So I’ve found a chink in the armor of my new suit that requires mending; perhaps a better analogy would be a nutritional flaw in my meaner, leaner language diet that needs regular supplementary care. Time to pop those suckers like candy!

And thus, I nipped the problem at the root, barely avoiding another language-learner-breakdown. Phew.

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Written by ritobito

March 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Posted in status report

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