Recently, I have been very busy so updating this blog became extremely hard to update. So every 3 or so days I will update it because it will be more manageable. I am sorry about the inconvenience for any of you that follow this blog everyday but it makes it alot easier to do this. I hope you understand.
So technically is day 6 though I did miss day 5 yesterday, sorry about that. I did the same old though reviewing the characters on Anki from the beginning is a lot easier since they exposed me to them in a good fashion so I do remember them. Everything so far is going well, I think I can do this.
I am a day late, but no matter I will just have to post twice today. I learned how to pronounce and write the “t” characters and documented this on languageontrack.com I also used japanesepod101.com with Anki to review and study the new and old characters.
I also noticed that there is a phenomenon in the characters where they do not follow the normal pattern but instead are pronounced differently, for example, “shi” instead of “si”, or “tsu” instead of “tu”.
I used Anki to help myself learn the “s” characters of the Hiragana script. I also set down my daily goal for languageontrack.com I studied on japanesepod101.com the on how to write these characters as well. One thing that I learned about Anki that I didn’t learn before is that even if you mastered characters. It still exposes you to them later, for me its 4 days for review. Other than that it has been a pretty basic day for my studying. I am expecting this for the days to come, at least until I find another resource or start learning Katakana or something.
So during the range of time of yesterday and today. I used the langaugeontrack.com website and it has proven most helpful. I used it with Anki and used japanesepod101.com to learn the stroke orders of the hiragana, to practice pronunciation, and learned the vowels and the “k” characters. I feel like if I can keep this path straight and steady, I will definitely be able to master hiragana and move on to katakana. Short day today, and this may be repetitive throughout the full journey of this challenge, but it is what it is.
So recently, I had a new follower of my blogs, I went to his profile page and oh boy did I find so much helpful information its amazing. He has this website that allows you to learn languages purely based on self growth and goals. There are recommended goals that are given to you if you do not know what to look for. I believe this is very helpful because I connected this with Anki and set my goal to learn 5 hiragana per day. By doing this I have a goal to work for and a website that gives me a motive for studying hiragana. I am sure that this will get me very far in Japanese. So thank you! I will link you to the website if you want to use and also because he deserves it!
Welcome to day 1. I was able to find some strategies to remember hiragana and katakana, mnemonic devices. When I was researching on how to learn new languages, a large quantity of resources pointed to using mnemonic devices when you are introduced to new languages that use different script(s) then your native script(s). I was also able to find many websites and apps that purely try to help you on learning Japanese. I will be giving credit to these websites and apps since they will be helping me on this journey.
I also did try studying hiragana since I was able to find out that it was the easiest to remember and the most used script in Japanese. I was able to learn about 15 of 46. I am trying to learn the actual hiragana before learning stroke order. Yes, you heard me right, there is a specific way you must write each and every character of the Japanese language. So I must remember the stroke order of the 46 hiragana, about 46 katakana, and just a bit over 2100 kanji. The kanji is going to be hard, but I can do this.
Resources that I am using:
- http://www.japanesepod101.com (Probably the most helpful of the bunch, it has so many lessons you can take it is insane, and it has already seemed to amaze me. You should definitely check this one out!)
- http://www.guidetojapanese.org (Not as fun and interactive as these other resources, but extremely helpful, it helped me understand what path I should take when trying to learn Japanese.)
- Anki (Computer application that helps you remember anything, in this case I am using it to help me remember Japanese hiragana, and possibly more scripts in the future. You can use add-ons created from other users that gives you a course to help remember Japanese so you don’t have to make one.)
- Duolingo (IOS app that helps you learn new languages, I picked Japanese in this case. It is very helpful, it makes the learning seem fun.)
- Memrise (Much like Duolingo, except it has different learning modes and small games here and there that makes the Japanese learning process much more interactive and fun.)
- Innovative (An IOS app the is linked with japanesepod101.com to help you learn Japanese on the go straight through their lessons.)
See you tomorrow!
P.S. Feel free to use the resources above to learn Japanese for yourself!
This is the day before everything unravels. I don’t necessarily want to learn any Japanese, but I will research what is to be expected when I jump into this journey tomorrow. There is not much to say right now but I plan to see some studying strategies and things to give me a head start when I start to actually try and learn this new language. I plan to learn this by January 1st. A killer 156 days of studying await me, but oh my will it help me out in the long run. Plus this may become a habit of mine.
See you tomorrow!
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