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How to learn from this site(question)

Posted: June 27th, 2012 1:58 am
by Nekomancer0158144
Hi guys! im at Newbie Season >p
and i'd like to know how do you guys learned Jap in this site?
i mean
it takes me alot of time to write the PDF to a notebook but i'd like to know if theres someone who learns directly from the pdf..

And about kanjis do you guys started to learn kanjis from what season? 'cause theres alot! XD
edit: Btw, how many lessons do you guys recommend me to see everyday? and how many do you guys saw once a day?
Anyway thanks everyone!

Posted: June 27th, 2012 10:48 am
by team.relationships
Hi Nekomancer0158144!

this is an interesting question for our listeners! It would be nice if you could all share your experiences and help each other with tips etc.
Personally, I think it's a good practice to write down the words from the pdf to a notebook. It probably trains you extra to do that instead of just reading the pdf. About the lessons, that clearly depends on you, on how much time you have to practice and how fast and easy you can absorb new information

About the Kanjis, I think you shouldn't worry about them at first. Focus on Hiragana and Katakana and once you are good at reading and writing those, you can then try to learn a few easy Kanji characters. Just a few! You will realize it when you are ready for it ;) Because suddenly you will be able to recognize the ones you have seen before, although at first you won't know what they mean or how to draw them.
I think when you reach that stage, you can start learning about them.

I wish you good luck on your study and always feel free to ask us questions!



Posted: June 27th, 2012 11:50 am
by Nekomancer0158144
Thanks for your response, and i cant believe how much progress i've made.. lol even though i think i haven't done my best
still i already know pretty well the kana(except some dakuten that are confusing..)
Anyway i hope that in a few months or years i see this message and remember how far i've done...

How about you guys?
do you guys remember studying a language and then realizing that you've learned alot in no time?

Posted: June 27th, 2012 12:15 pm
by team.relationships
Hi Nekomancer0158144 again!

Well, this happened to me when I was studying German. I was in an intense program doing 6hs per day :shock:
However I had a job interview in German after 1 month and by the time I finished my program (4 months in total), I was on the lower intermediate level!

So I know what you mean!

It seems that you are doing just fine, so keep it up!

Let see what others have to say!


Posted: September 24th, 2012 6:01 pm
by choneb9359
Hi Nekomancer0158144!

I'm also in Newbie level (season 2 up to lesson 12 so far). However, I am approaching Japanese with my previous experience of learning English (I'm Thai and have been studying and going back and forth between Thailand and Australia for 11 years). I have some prior knowledge on Japanese (completed Japanese for busy ppl 1 and Minna no nihongo 1&2, a while ago), so I can still remember some Japanese vocabulary.

My approach right now is to learn the kanji as I go. I found that the maximum amount of kanji for me is about 50 per week. I started JPod101 about a week ago. I tried pushing it to 60 in the previous week; but I found, even with constant repetition, I just couldn't learn them (The writing as well as the meaning).

Another thing which I find useful with learning is that it doesn't have to stop when you close the book or put down the pen. If you continue to think about the material that you have learned about throughout the day, you will master the topic in no time.

A final thought though. Don't be discouraged by what other people say about the amount of time it takes to become good at something (in this case Japanese). People judge others via their experiences and the things that happened in their lives; Yours will be different. Becoming good at japanese in 2 months is a bit far fetched (As I'd previously found out :lol: ), but how long it takes is entirely up to your own ability. Find a system that fits with the pace of your life, and that's the best speed with which to go. But whatever you do, do not stop learning.