Well, let's see if I can keep this up. I probably won't update every week or even every month. More like when I feel like it.
I've been studying Japanese pod 101's beginner dialogs from season 1. I've got less than 40 more to read. I add them into anki (raw dialog on front, english translation on back). I'm getting multiple read-throughs, but intervals are spaced pretty far apart so I only see each dialog a few times. I pre-studied most of the vocabulary and I look up the unknowns and forgotten vocab as I go, so it's pretty intensive reading. Unfortunately my iphone's dictionary doesn't recognize all of the vocabulary and I haven't found out if I can add additional dictionaries yet. I listen to the dialogs in the car sometimes too.
I still have a heavy vocabulary workload, so it'll take me a few weeks to get through adding the last of the dialogs. I'm not sure what I want to do after that. I could start on a new season of jpod101 dialogs to get a stronger foundation in spoken Japanese. Or I might study restaurant Japanese because then I'll be able to read menus and order in Japanese next time I visit Japan and it won't take too long to study actually. Or I could switch to studying on Lingq. I recently checked it out a second time and lingq's iOS app seems like I could look up and add vocab much easier than how I am doing things now. (Working predominantly on my phone creates a lot of limitations..) I'm also thinking of finishing tae kim. I went about 2/3 of the way through, but I should probably do some of the more advanced grammar one of these days..
My overarching goal for the year is to shift to more native media and less vocab study. I think around a 50/50 split will be ideal for this year and begin tapering off the vocab more and more as I progress.
Edited: 2017-02-13, 8:10 pm
Welcome to study log land! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your progress.
Just curious, do you put one whole dialog on each card, or one card per line? It sounds like a whole dialog on one card; if so, you don't find that too burdensome to review? I know the beginner dialogs aren't that long.
I used to be a Jpod member for a long time, and I have a bunch of material downloaded, but I never figured out quite the right way to incorporate the material into my study routine. The beginning stuff was too easy, the advanced was too hard, and I never quite found my feet in the intermediate sequence. I appreciate seeing how others use it as a resource.
Yup. I put the whole dialog on one card. It's not any harder to read, but the burden is that it's hard to look up words on my phone and add them to anki. That's why I'm considering switching to Lingq for reading practice. But I've still got a few weeks to decide.
As far as beginner being too easy, the first 20 or so dialogs were definitely too easy but they got harder and they are a good level for me now. I'm actually considering sticking with the beginner dialogs or something similar for a while. I feel that practicing even when it's a little too easy will be beneficial as it will solidify my base and make things a little more fun for once. I'm a little tired of everything being difficult.
Welcome!! Great to see you join the fray!
I do like LingQ for reading/vocab, though I haven't used it in a while. Let me know whether the new mobile app is an improvement over the old crash-prone one.
you could move on to native material now and abandon the jpod stuff including the time sucking anki stuff. Like you could find an anime or drama or movie or whatever that you REALLY LIKE that has japanese and english subtitles then relisten to the audio many times over and look up words and grammar from that movie. Also you could try to learn from song lyrics with rikai-sama. As long as it's a song you really like I don't see why you wouldn't listen to it over and over again.
I remember doing Japanesepod when I was a beginner and trying to convince myself that it isn't boring or time-wasting (there's so much english being used and all these lengthy explanations and I think I do hate Peter lol. - I remember when tae kim said he hates him on his blog) but then it didn't take long for me to abandon it and just do other stuff. Tae Kim is pretty awesome so for me that rendered Japanesepod useless. Also rikai-sama is so kickass. I wish this existed for other languages. Not only can you look up words and generate anki cards, it can also recognize verbs that are conjugated (this renders the hover thing for korean useless).
Edited: 2017-02-15, 10:53 am
I finished adding Japanese Pod 101's Beginner Season 1 Dialogs today. I'm thinking about adding a few more seasons. Season one was 168 dialogs while other seasons are roughly 50 dialogs. So I may just finish all of the beginner seasons before I move on to either intermediate or something else. I've got a busy couple of months coming, so I'd rather have material that I know will be easy to and study rather than messing new material that may be over my head or hard to study on my phone.
I feel like reading the same dialog a few times has been useful. It's hard for me to explain exactly, but since I remember the basics of what's happening in the story, it's much easier to guess the reading and definition of a lot of words than if it was my first read-through. In other words, I don't need to stop nearly as often to look things up as I did on the first read.
For similar reasons I've decided for the time-being to go for volume rather than difficulty. In other words I'd like to read things that can be read quickly so that I can read more of it in the same timeframe. Also, my anki workload is finally starting to go down , so I'l have time for reading even more.
Edited: 2017-03-01, 7:45 pm
Just a small update. I'm still reviewing 5 dialogs every day and adding 2 new ones. I still think re-reading the dialogs is worth the time I'm spending on it. I spend 20 minutes reading dialogs and another hour and change reviewing my other decks. I'm planning on not adding to any of the other decks for a while so as my workload goes down I can add more reading to the program.
I had some extra time one day this week, so I added about 10 dialogs above my normal workload. I also watched an episode of shirokuma cafe and an episode of chi's sweet home - both raw. Chi's sweet home was easier to follow but shirokuma wasn't bad either. Basically I was just trying to figure out if I should switch to a series and how I can fit it into my schedule. Swapping jpod 101 for a subs2srs series is tempting. For now I'll just watch an episode here and there when there is extra time. I'll probably switch to a jdrama subs2srs sometime in a few months. I'm about to get hit by some major life events, so for the time being i'll just hunker down with jpod101 until the storm passes and then re-evaluate in a few months time. I've already got my anki workload down from over 2 hours to less than 90 minutes so I shouldn't have trouble keeping up with reviews and hopefully find time for occasional reading.
Edited: 2017-03-23, 2:25 pm