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How Do You Remember Words?

どうやって言葉を覚えますか?
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I try to think in Japanese, so it becomes natural to my thought process.
日本語で考えようとすると、頭の中も自然に日本語になる。 日本語で考えようとすると、頭の中も自然に日本語になる。
にほんごでかんがえようとすると、あたまのなかもしぜんににほんごになる。
Nihongo de kangaeyō to suru to, atama no naka mo shizen ni Nihongo ni naru.
I try to think in Japanese, so it becomes natural to my thought process.
I use repetition: reading, writing and speaking words over and over again.
何回も読んだり書いたり話したりを繰り返しする。 何回も読んだり書いたり話したりを繰り返しする。
なんかいもよんだりかいたりはなしたりをくりかえしする。
Nan-kai mo yondari kaitari hanashitari o kurikaeshi suru.
I use repetition: reading, writing and speaking words over and over again.
I try to use the language routinely in the context of daily life.
日常生活の中で、いつも使うようにする。 日常生活の中で、いつも使うようにする。
にちじょうせいかつのなかで、いつもつかうようにする。
Nichijō seikatsu no naka de, itsumo tsukau yō ni suru.
I try to use the language routinely in the context of daily life.
I learn about the roots of words and how different words are related to each other.
言葉の成り立ちを勉強して、どのような関係になっているのかを勉強する。 言葉の成り立ちを勉強して、どのような関係になっているのかを勉強する。
ことばのなりたちをべんきょうして、どのようなかんけいになっているのかをべんきょうする。
Kotoba no naritachi o benkyō shite, dono yō na kankei ni natte iru no ka o benkyō suru.
I learn about the roots of words and how different words are related to each other.
I associate words with drawings, pictures and funny scenes.
絵、写真、面白いシーンを言葉と関係づける。 絵、写真、面白いシーンを言葉と関係づける。
え、しゃしん、おもしろいシーンをことばとかんけいづける。
E, shashin, omoshiroi shīn o kotoba to kankeizukeru.
I associate words with drawings, pictures and funny scenes.
I often watch TV or YouTube videos that are designed for young children.
子供向けのテレビやユーチューブをよく見る。 子供向けのテレビやユーチューブをよく見る。
こどもむけのテレビやユーチューブをよくみる。
Kodomo muke no terebi ya Yūchūbu o yoku miru.
I often watch TV or YouTube videos that are designed for young children.
I speak as often as possible with native speakers.
なるべくネイティブと話をする。 なるべくネイティブと話をする。
なるべくネイティブとはなしをする。
Narubeku neitibu to hanashi o suru.
I speak as often as possible with native speakers.
I say words out loud so that I can actually hear them.
実際に自分に聞こえるように言葉を声に出す。 実際に自分に聞こえるように言葉を声に出す。
じっさいにじぶんにきこえるようにことばをこえにだす。
Jissai ni jibun ni kikoeru yō ni kotoba o koe ni dasu.
I say words out loud so that I can actually hear them.
I associate new words with words that sound similar in my native language.
自分の母語と似た音の言葉と関連づける。 自分の母語と似た音の言葉と関連づける。
じぶんのぼごとにたおとのことばとかんれんづける。
Jibun no bogo to nita oto no kotoba to kanrenzukeru.
I associate new words with words that sound similar in my native language.
I associate new words with stories, games or movies.
物語、ゲーム、映画等と新しい言葉を連想させる。 物語、ゲーム、映画等と新しい言葉を連想させる。
ものがたり、ゲーム、えいがとうとあたらしいことばをれんそうさせる。
Monogatari, gēmu, eiga tō to atarashii kotoba o rensō saseru.
I associate new words with stories, games or movies.
I listen to songs and memorize the lyrics.
音楽を聞いて歌詞を暗記する。 音楽を聞いて歌詞を暗記する。
おんがくをきいてかしをあんきする。
Ongaku o kiite kashi o anki suru.
I listen to songs and memorize the lyrics.
I categorize new words with other related words that I already know.
新しい言葉と、知っている言葉をカテゴリー別に分ける。 新しい言葉と、知っている言葉をカテゴリー別に分ける。
あたらしいことばと、しっていることばをカテゴリーべつにわける。
Atarashii kotoba to, shitte iru kotoba o kategorībetsu ni wakeru.
I categorize new words with other related words that I already know.
I am persistent in practicing everyday by talking to my family or my dogs, even though they don't understand me.
家族や犬に向かって、理解されなくても毎日話し続ける。 家族や犬に向かって、理解されなくても毎日話し続ける。
かぞくやいぬにむかって、りかいされなくてもまいにちはなしつづける。
Kazoku ya inu ni mukatte, rikai sarenakute mo mainichi hanashi tsuzukeru.
I am persistent in practicing everyday by talking to my family or my dogs, even though they don't understand me.
Reading as much as possible, especially the newspaper, helps me to remember words.
特に新聞等を出来るだけ読むと、言葉を覚えるのに役立つ。 特に新聞等を出来るだけ読むと、言葉を覚えるのに役立つ。
とくにしんぶんとうをできるだけよむと、ことばをおぼえるのにやくだつ。
Toku ni shinbun tō o dekiru dake yomu to, kotoba o oboeru no ni yakudatsu.
Reading as much as possible, especially the newspaper, helps me to remember words.
I try to use the new word in a simple sentence so I learn whole phrases, not just individual words.
簡単な文章の中に新しい言葉を使ってみると、単体の言葉だけでなく文章全体を勉強できる。 簡単な文章の中に新しい言葉を使ってみると、単体の言葉だけでなく文章全体を勉強できる。
かんたんなぶんしょうのなかにあたらしいことばをつかってみると、たんたいのことばだけでなくぶんしょうぜんたいをべんきょうできる。
Kantan na bunshō no naka ni atarashii kotoba o tsukatte miru to, taitei no tantai no kotoba dake de naku bunshō zentai o benkyō dekiru.
I try to use the new word in a simple sentence so I learn whole phrases, not just individual words.
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Tuesday at 3:09 pm
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Hi Listeners! How do you learn to remember words? Leave a comment and let us know!

January 8th, 2017 at 9:47 pm
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Micha-san,
konnichiwa! 😄
Sorry for the very late reply!

It was my pleasure to know that someone out there found our language ‘beautiful’ and
found his own approach to master it. 😄❤️️
You’re doing a great job, and studying Japanese as ‘one whole thing’ without
separating leaning hiragana/katakana is actually the very right way to go.
Otherwise, there’re too many characters to master before you can learn
the very basic greetings like ‘konnichiwa’ which is not fun!! 😆

So, good luck and please feel free to ask us questions if any! 😉

Natsuko (奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

Micha
November 15th, 2016 at 7:45 am
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konban-wa Natusuko-san,
hajimemashite, Micha desu + yoroshiku. 😉
sugoi😄 - domo arigatou gozaimasu.. for liking my approach to make the first step into this
beautiful language a bit easier.

to give you an insight ‘’how'’ hard it is for european or US-speakers:
it is as if you would start to learn sanscrit. 😅😉

so I try to learn it ‘’all at once”’. I don’t learn it in a seperated way like: first the whole hiragana, then the whole katakana, then some hundret kanjis, then grammar-things etc.

I learn the hiragana /katakana/kanji IN PARALLEL as I always write it down together with the romaji spelling.

I let the kanji completly away, if there is only ONE meaning to the romaji spelling. This way I don’t have to learn every kanji without the risk, that the romaji spelling could have a bunch of other totally different meanings…

I learn ONLY the kanji-writin,, if there are other different meanings (= kanji-writings) to ONE romaji spelling.
This way I have a short label (=the kanji) for the complete word and at the same time, ok, this spelling has also some different kanji (which I may or may not learn later, if needed).

This way I may not learn the hiragana/katakana so fast, but I can also lean kanjis already or go into the grammar.

So I try to leave every ‘’seperation'’ aside and take the language as ‘’a whole'’.

Though everyone has it’s own approach in doing such things I am very sure there is any secret brain-trick to learn it faster. I would hammer this into my brain.😄
using the language which enables me to use it like English would be already super and this needs HARD preperation and just then a teacher makes sense.
So I try to build up a strong base here with which a teacher can ‘’really'’ work with me and doesn’t need to get the impression like talking to an helpless baby, who can’t find any words.😴

Thank you SO much for giving me your empathy on this way, Natusuko-san. ❤️️

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc8hbSM1zVo

November 13th, 2016 at 4:03 pm
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> Mickey Tee san,
konnichiwa! 😄
Glad you liked this page! And you’re doing a GREAT job! 😎:thumbsup:

> Micha-san,
konnichiwa! 😇
Wow, that’s an interesting and unique way. 😮
Finding the best way to acquire a language for yourself is always the best way.
So, I’m sure you’ll be able to achieve 1-year target!
And I’m glad to know the sound of Japanese make you happy! 😇❤️️

Natsuko (奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

October 31st, 2016 at 6:01 am
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Though I’m an absolute beginner and my japanese skills are pretty dumb as b$tch, I combine japanese words like this.

I have a new word, f.i.:
ono

then I search for the SHORTEST words, which contain ‘ono’ in my vocabulary-list, which are:
‘hono’
‘tono’

so I have:
ono,
h-ono,
t-ono

then I just a draw a picture to it, which shows what the particular word means.

I don’t translate them into english are any other language,
I just draw the meaning and remember it directally by drawing the meaning.
kotadamo, – just the japanese sound.

after this step I transfer them into Hiragana. (Though I should transfer them also into Kanji, but
the Kanji signs in my dictionary are so small, that I can not read them without a microscope, it seems….😇 so they are very small printed, I have no idea ‘’how'’ you guys can read them
but respect to you for beeing able to. :thumbsup:)

ok, this is the fastest way I could figure out to learn this wonderful language so far.😄

why should one learn that? because the sound of it makes happy and because it has a magic
to it. it usually needs 2 years for non-native speakers to speak enough japanese for easy (non sophisticated) conversations, I will make it in 1 year. – it’s about time. so I fight every day thru it.;)

Mickey Tee
October 22nd, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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wow…. this page is really helpful….

I just tried a technique I use for learning guitar parts… I start with a ‘first phrase’, in this case, reading the hiragana…. にほんごで かんがえようと すると…. then I say that over and over…. until I can almost remember it….

then, I start to add, each little ‘next’ bit…. にほんごで かんがえようと すると、あたまのなかも…. then I say that over and over… then add the next bit….

にほんごで かんがえようと すると、あたまのなかも しぜんに…… say all that over and over…. then add the next bit…. にほんごで かんがえようと すると、あたまのなかも しぜんに にほんごになる…. then, I just tried ‘remembering’ that phrase, while reading the kanji….. worked pretty well… I’ll give it go on the other phrases…

May 30th, 2016 at 6:31 am
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Megan Somers san,
Konnichiwa.
Thank you for sharing your study tips.
They are great.
You must be improving your Japanese.
Yuki  由紀
Team JapanesePod101.com

Megan Somers
May 6th, 2016 at 10:49 am
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To remember Japanese, I use repetition, practice typing and writing in Japanese, I learn about the roots and origins of words and how the words might be related to each other, I sometimes associate words with drawings or pictures, I enjoy watching Youtube videos designed for young children and Youtube videos to help learn Japanese, about Japanese culture, and watching funny Japanese comedy skits and Japanese horror movies. When I was younger, I watched anime in Japanese with English subtitles to get acquainted with a portion or type of the language. Associating it with real-life is much better, though. That’s why I like the educational videos the most. I also say words out loud so I can hear them, I listen to music in Japanese, I also try reading as much as possible. I still don’t know much kanji, so reading without furigana is a little tough.😄❤️️

February 6th, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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B san,
Konnichiwa.
Well the dictionaries have many functions and may not be used…
If you want to know just meanings of words, you may be able to download many dictionary apps to your phone…

Yuki 由紀
Team JapanesePod101.com

B
February 4th, 2015 at 8:54 am
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Thank you 由紀さん, I checked the sites but the products seem to cater to Japanese people in a lot of ways. I wouldn’t even consider myself beginner intermediate, so do you think that that would be the right purchase?

Thanks again.

~B

February 3rd, 2015 at 2:56 pm
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d san,
konnichiwa.
Casio electric dictionaries are popular in Japan.
Please visit those pages below.
http://www.casio.com/products/archive/Calculators_%26_Dictionaries/Dictionaries/
http://casio.jp/exword/products/

Yuki 由紀
Team JapanesePod101.com