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B1rd
Completed: 5 hours of study, 1h housework, 1h sorting computer files, 3 exercise sessions, 3 bow related exercise sessions, and I haven't spent more than $30 on takeaway food this fortnight.

I was pretty motivated midweek, though a cold killed my momentum a bit, so I only did the bare minimum and it make exercising a bit difficult but I still got through it. I've finally got the Japanese books that I ordered, the Genki book series, a Japanese dictionary, a grammar guide, and a Kanji learner's course book. I started on the latter tonight, I spent an hour and I still haven't finished the intro/preface/foreword and all that good stuff. I'm not a very fast learner so it'll probably take a longer while still to memorise the 2300 kanji characters afterwards.
johnmedina999
Good luck, memorizing kanji can be slow and frustrating but don't give up!
Yuudachi-kun
You don't memorise; you use until it becomes learnt naturally.
DJ Enetro
How''s it going?
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B1rd
Status Report:

Everything complete. I've been studying the book I got that has about 2300 of the most common kanji, I'm studying 8 a day so I should have it done in less than a year. 44 done so far. Obviously I don't memorise all of the readings and vocabulary of every kanji as memorising something without context would be inefficient and would take far too long, so as the book suggests I just memorise the generalised meanings and one or two of the readings. Learning the kanji systematically should give me a headstart in actually being able to read Japanese text, which will have huge practical benefits in that I'll be able to practice Japanese just by reading stuff off the internet.
I've also started on the A Guide to Japanese Grammar by Tae Kim, which looks very promising in that it seems it will teach me all of the fundamentals of grammar, rather than just teaching me the Japanese equivalent of English phrases, which textbooks seem mainly to do. Though I still think textbooks will be useful for practice and learning practical words and phrases.

Of course I've also been doing exercises 3 times a week, just basic calisthenics and stretches. I've improved a bit since I've started, now I can do 35 pushups (with my chest touching the floor), 12 pull ups, 40+ squats etc., and I can get my palms on the floor with my legs straight. I've been thinking of joining a gym, but I don't really want to pay the membership costs. It's something I'll consider.
Taj
You shouldn't have HD.
Nxshio
Damn i have respect for you. Best of luck B1rd. (y)
Topic Starter
B1rd

UltraHenzie wrote:

You shouldn't have HD.
What's HD
johnmedina999

B1rd wrote:

which looks very promising in that it seems it will teach me all of the fundamentals of grammar, rather than just teaching me the Japanese equivalent of English phrases,
This is what you want, nice job finding this.
Taj
Hard distance, the equivalence of wonky aim.
Aim is usually the most important balance in skill, although skill is not important.
Yuudachi-kun

B1rd wrote:

Status Report:

Everything complete. I've been studying the book I got that has about 2300 of the most common kanji, I'm studying 8 a day so I should have it done in less than a year. 44 done so far. Obviously I don't memorise all of the readings and vocabulary of every kanji as memorising something without context would be inefficient and would take far too long, so as the book suggests I just memorise the generalised meanings and one or two of the readings. Learning the kanji systematically should give me a headstart in actually being able to read Japanese text, which will have huge practical benefits in that I'll be able to practice Japanese just by reading stuff off the internet.
I've also started on the A Guide to Japanese Grammar by Tae Kim, which looks very promising in that it seems it will teach me all of the fundamentals of grammar, rather than just teaching me the Japanese equivalent of English phrases, which textbooks seem mainly to do. Though I still think textbooks will be useful for practice and learning practical words and phrases.

Of course I've also been doing exercises 3 times a week, just basic calisthenics and stretches. I've improved a bit since I've started, now I can do 35 pushups (with my chest touching the floor), 12 pull ups, 40+ squats etc., and I can get my palms on the floor with my legs straight. I've been thinking of joining a gym, but I don't really want to pay the membership costs. It's something I'll consider.
Tae Kim's guide to Japanese - that's a name I haven't heard in 5 years.

So you found what I used when I was a first day learner.
DJ Enetro
This isn'tis probably what Railey2 means when (s)he was saying "give feedback in addition to receiving"...
kai99
good god this thread is reminding me to learn japanese too. soon (tm)
Topic Starter
B1rd
Comfy Slippers
I remember having an android app for kanji. It was really useful.
kai99
hahhahahahhaha that pic got me.
kanjis are impossible. people should start using spaces, not a different set of letters
Yuudachi-kun

kai99 wrote:

hahhahahahhaha that pic got me.
kanjis are impossible. people should start using spaces, not a different set of letters
There are spaces between the words and if you can't see them you're illiterate.
kai99

Yuudachi-kun wrote:

kai99 wrote:

hahhahahahhaha that pic got me.
kanjis are impossible. people should start using spaces, not a different set of letters
There are spaces between the words and if you can't see them you're illiterate.
correct me if im wrong, but as far as i know isnt kanji use to indicate the end of a word???
Yuudachi-kun
My point is that if you know how to read it's damn well easy to tell the ends of words.

Let me go find some random article and mark them.
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B1rd
A while ago you were complaining about how hard it was to read without kanji.
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