Thursday, 20 March 2014

Japanese study Obsession

 Note to self: In large doses, kanji makes my brain hurt.

Never give up. thanks to memrise , In 9 days, averaging around 26 new kanji a day, I have learned 270 new kanji. I'm sure I already know little over the 200 Kanji needed for N4 and N5 (as I've already completed Basic Kanji Book Vol 1 half way through Vol 2)
After day 6 (I took in 43 new kanji that day) my brain felt like semolina pudding, going only manage 10 new kanji for the next two days, then nothing over that weekend.
I'm planning between 25 and 30 new kanji a day, once I've hit 600 new (to me) kanji ill just revise it all.

Using the soumatome books for Kanji and vocab.

Soo... any tricks on how to cram grammar...


So here I am again, studying for the JLPT. I joined a Japanese language school called Alpha Japanese and have been taking a 2 hour lesson once a week.
At first I hadn't planed to take any tests, (however my current job would be a whole lot easier if I had a higher level) so I was just cruising along with the plan to simply brush up my Japanese.
The lesson pace was pretty slow and relaxed,  then I had to stop for a while (like 3 months) when my Gran was ill, and rejoined thinking I would have a lot to catch up on - I didn't. Likely because there are only two students in that class (including me) and the other student is a little, erm, more "relaxed" with his learning approach.

Breaking point, lets JLPT!

Now don't get me wrong, I love Alpha Japanese school, the teachers are fun and knowledgeable, they also beleive in immersian and will only talk to you in Japanese (to be fair, their English is rather dubious)  I even prefer it to ITO Japanese school (their shady building doesn't help their image)

But after the 4th week of ~いただきました ~くださいました ~もらいました ~くれました and the rest of its kin, I was pretty fed up. By this time I only had 2 of my 10 lessons left and didn't want to waste them (Plus they stopped using my favourite 珍しいマン flash card T_T) I demanded that I Join the JLPT N3 class in prep for July 2014.
Now I say demanded, that's because they were (and probably still are) pretty sure I am in no way shape nor form prepared to join that class. They're probably right. But ill be damned if have to sit though a 5th lesson of  ~いただきました ~くださいました ~やりました ~くれました。。。

Taking the plunge

So as with most things, I ignored their caution and rocked up the the JLPT class. Needless to say I failed their Kanji homework test, (1/5) but I was on par with the class for the reading and grammar. (There was even kanji in the reading section that I knew and no one else did - yay me!)

Lets see how it goes aye.