From: Vero Beach FL Registered: 2009-05-20 Posts: 97
I finally reached over 1000 sentences in my learning. I have been using Iknow for most of my learning in the past year and finished 2000 Core Step 1, 2, about halfway done with the 6000 Step 1 and 2000 Step 5, and almost finished with Kanji Oddesy 2001 and some other random lists. I plan on going back to finishing Step 3/4 in the 2000 series after I learn 500-1000 new sentences.
At first I used the Full Mode then switched to Kanji Focus, which, imo, helped a heck of alot more. I'd write out the entire sentence the first time, say it and move on. For every reriew I'd just rewrite the word and say the sentence. Sessions with new words could take a half hour to do, reviews could take half of that. If I really knew the words well, I could finish a session in 5-6 minutes.
For recreation, I play games like Pokemon, listen to music, and watch Keyhole TV. I haven't done much reading yet outside of games and manuals. SOME times I'd switch to Japanese on Facebook but that's it.
I am at a point where I can say basic stuff in Japanese such as what I want, how I feel, and such though it's not that great. I want to aqquire vocabuary in another way, but am unsure as to how to go about doing it aside from continuing on like before.
I am confused as to HOW to go about it though. Should I just get 5 or 7 random words, learn them, write down the translation in the second column, wait a few minutes and then write out the Japanese word? Would it be better to use common words(tree, flower, lumber, bee, honey) or just take apart all the words in a sentence and do it that way?
How many words a day can I realistically learn this way? How many SHOULD I learn? If I say wanted to learn 100 a day, would it be best to learn related words? I have no idea on how to go about using this method.
wordlists eh? Makes me feel like learning more. I'm like at 5700 sentences. These are from basic sources,grammer,anime,manga,drama,dictionaries,sites,etc. I'm thinking of making a seperate deck for vocab,etc.
hmmm. It depends on how much can you handle. I'd say do words that are more likely to appear in context of japanese. I usual do 50 new sentences daily. Although i don't specifically have a vocab deck, i'll be adding one pretty soon.I usual just add some new vocab into my sentence deck. I'd say set a limit+milestone to do daily. So 20,40,60,80,100. But i'd say so around 30-50. That way you're doing something and getting somewhere good but not going overboard.