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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)
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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)
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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.
Yuudachi-kun

B1rd wrote:

A while ago you were complaining about how hard it was to read without kanji.
What's the contradiction here?
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B1rd

Yuudachi-kun wrote:

B1rd wrote:

A while ago you were complaining about how hard it was to read without kanji.
What's the contradiction here?
You can work it out.

I've done everything, completed studying, housework, exercise et cetera. Not much to report, still getting into the swing of using my new studying material.

Some changes though: change general exercise sessions to 12 minutes, and bow-related exercise sessions to 8 minutes. Now I also have to complete 1 page of my kanji course before I go on the computer every day, and this will not count for the obligatory 5 hours of study a week. Though I won't penalise myself if I don't do this, I just won't be able to go on the computer (since this is my #1 time sink)
Yuudachi-kun
It's hard and slow to read without Kanji because nouns and homonyms and particles all blur together without spacing


With Kanji, it's easy to tell where words begin and end and what the parts of speech are at more of a glance.


What's the contradiction
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