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February 8th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Have you checked out all of our recent video lessons?

If you haven't, please be sure to check them and leave us your comments!

February 17th, 2009 at 10:43 PM
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Thank you very much!:kokoro:

February 16th, 2009 at 11:30 AM
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Please forgive the unpleasant honesty, but I find these video lessons objectionable. Effectively speaking, you have replaced one advanced lesson a week -- either lower intermediate or upper intermediate -- with a beginner level video. Aside from the fact that beginner level lessons have never been terribly useful to me, the only time I have for Jpod lessons is driving to and from work, when video does me no good at all.

February 11th, 2009 at 12:41 AM
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Audio, video learning from every school is good but in any something missing.

They are too fast, too complex, many skip ordinary 日本語.

But learning from many sources much more better , but living in Japan and be in situation "must know Japanese" give much more.

My opinion is japanesepod101.com give pretty good material for learning Japanese.

If you look only spoken Japanese for basic conversation it easy. Looking for something more I think it same task like learning any others languages. Writing system make Japanese in top rank languages. It is importance to know ひらがな、カタカナ and of course 漢字。 First two is easy to remember and very useful too.

Learning Kanji really learn more than language.(Listening native Japanese, reading books and newspapers also help)



February 10th, 2009 at 10:45 AM
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Thank you so much for checking out our videos including older ones and also for your valuable comments and insights!:kokoro:

As for the video vocab title, I fixed it for #1. And Kanji video lesson #1 and #2 are coming soon. Thank you for your patience for a moment.:dogeza:

February 9th, 2009 at 12:39 PM
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What I would LOVE is if Japanese101 team could show some TV drama and have a corresponding pdf and lesson. Wouldn't NHK be willing to allow you to show some of their dramas for this educational purpose?

That would be the BEST way to learn -- for me !

February 9th, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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Hi J-pod101:kokoro:,

Like everyone else, I too am very happy :kokoro: to be with J-pod101.com. My favorite part is '' Audio Blog '' (because they are 100% Japanese). Intermediate (and higher) would be great but unfortunately (until now) too much english is still being used. Because of this, I think most of the members here would vote for '' Audio Blog '' compared to other lesson's.

Now about Video's. I think there are 3 categories:

Video: there are only 17 video's available

Video vocab: using MyFeed only about 1/3 can be downloaded. 2/3 isn't working or can't be found :sad:

Kanji close up: 1 video and the new Youtube kanji video's

Like every Japanese students in the world, remembering Kanji's is the most difficult task in this language. I am very happy to hear that 2009 will be a year of '' Video's '' (after 3 years of Jpod101.com with only 1 Kanji video).

I am very sure, that 90% of the student's here would upgrade their account's to '' Premium '' just to get their hands on those videos as soon as enough Videos are available. Listening is good, but moving picture's are a lot better.



February 9th, 2009 at 07:27 AM
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ルーカス, characters like 薦襲鑑魔驚露艦響騰 are daily use kanji, so they're just as important as 木 in attaining literacy, and will rarely be accompanied by furigana. Half the language is made up of kanji compounds, and just about every character in use will commonly be seen as part of them. Also, there are only 1945 daily use kanji (although this is to change very soon), so these are the ones you, and the lessons, should focus on before moving on.

I also think a random approach, or taking complicated characters as a whole, isn't a very good idea at all. Firstly, if you know characters like 貝 and 才, then writing 財 is hardly a problem at all. Even if you don't use any mnemonic to relate them, they're already in your memory, and you know how to write the correct stroke order, so it speeds up the process significantly, and this is just a simple example. If anybody does work well with mnemonics, then they may be interested in Heisig's Remembering the Kanji, which I found pretty remarkable.

February 9th, 2009 at 05:41 AM
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This is a really hard question and there are many opinions out there.

In my case, I think, if you live outside Japan, it may be useful to use some hints memorizing kanji because there are normally no kanji used in your daily life. Maybe without hints, you can master about 500 of them, aber beyond the 1000 it gets more and more difficult, because there are many that differs only in one stroke - which may completely change the meaning.

For me it is really helpful to know something about radicals and 木is a radical by itself. Not everytime, but you can often deduce the on-yomi and sometimes a basic meaning or depency out of the radical. So I think yes, it makes sense to know something about the way, the Kanji are constructed (like 木 - one tree - Tree; 林 - two tree - Forest; 森 - three tree - Woods, Grove). Or a better example may be 火, Kanji in with this radical is used, often have something to do with fire, burning, heatness and so on (sorry, may be the wrong translations...) So, why not using hints?

In my experience after a while, the hints take a back seat, so they don´t necessarily come into your mind every time, you want to write or recognize a Kanji, but they come back, if you need them when learning new Kanji.

But it depends also what type of learner you are. I am learning good by seeing and hearing something, my brain automatically divide things in units and tries to research them in new material. So, i. e., if I see a new Kanji, I see its units and only have to learn the new ones - so I can learn Kanji more quickly as without this knowledge. But this differs from person to person and you have to finde out, which learning method matches best to you.

Later on, this knowledge is REALLY useful, if you try to find a Kanji in a Kanji-Dictionary - as they ordered often related to the radical (strokes) i. e. 'The New Nelson Japanese English Character Dictionary'.

February 9th, 2009 at 02:48 AM
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Just a heads-up. http://iknow.co.jp has a great interface and great games, but they lack your content and structure. I don't know how newbies can learn with iknow considering there are no lessons per se. But it would be nice if we could find their type of applications here too. I especially like the dictation game.

February 9th, 2009 at 02:07 AM
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yes, I checked out all of your recent video lessons and i loved the 'iLove' mini series very much... Sadly there were very less videos till some time ago, but last time, they grown up finally and JapanesePod101 goes into the next grade :) Thank you for that! :dogeza:

But I have some some suggestions too - sorry, if I don´t use the right words in english, even so I hope you´ll understand it right. As you mentioned in 'News #72', this year is the year of JPod101´s videos. So it may be a good idea to think about naming and numbering before there are made too many lessons.

I am slightly confused about the naming and the order at the moment.

First of all, I see four different video series:

1. A series with about different themes, like 'Meet Kazunori' or 'Setsubun'

2. A TV-like mini series 'iLove' - perhaps there will be more like them later on

3. Video vocab lessons

4. Kanji video lessons

I would divide them into (four for now) different sections, as they may be grown up and later it will be more difficult to do that, so I would suggest to do it early.

The naming of the different series are not consistent. I. e. the first Video Vocabulary is named only 'Get Your Vegetables!' but the next two lessons are named 'Video Vocab Lesson #x: something something' - so I would suggest to rename the first one so that it meets the last ones naming scheme.

Second, the numbering is in confusion. After the first 5 Videos follows the mini series, which starts again at #1. I understand, that this shall be the first video of a new section. But, why didn´t you start the new series 'Video Vocab Lessons' and 'Kanji Video Lessons" also each with #1?

The first Video Vocab Lesson really begins with #1, but the next two Video Vocab Lessons begin i. e. with #14 and #17 (?)

The numbering of the Kanji Video Lessons is completely incomprehensible, as the first (sic!) Kanji Video Lesson begins with #13 and shall be the third (sic!) lesson of the series.

Lesson #11 and #12 are not available - placeholder for Kanji Video Lesson #1 and #2? But as I suggested, I would give them new matching numbers and an own section.

Also there are two series without a number - I would give them a number in the line of the suggested 'DifferentThemes' section.

I hope it was ok to mention this.

Lastly I have some suggestions for the 'Kanji Video Lessons' For foreigners it is often difficult to find the right radical for a specific kanji. So I would suggest, that you should provide some information about radicals too, even if the kanji itself is a radical.

Also, there are different brush-strokes, so may be you can teach us something about them?

Later on, I would love some Information about japanese calligraphy and the way to write i. e. 'Sôsho".

Ok, that´s for today ;) Bye then! :)