I am concerned about how to improve my writing skills and I have tried a method that seems to work well. The idea is to thoroughly study an article in order to collect collocations and expressions that we can use for writing. Until now, I have entirely relied on Anki to learn new words. This method works like magic to me, but I realised recently that Anki only helps me recognise the words and mainly allows me to improve my reading skills. Which is fine by the way. But the problem is that I don’t always know how to use the words I learn. I don’t want to enter too much information when I create a new card in Anki. First, it would take a lot of time to do so and second, I don’t want to spend too much time studying Anki and I am sure that I would not even bother reading the complementary information when studying my deck. That is why there are a lot of words that I don’t know how …
I bought a Casio electronic dictionary some time ago and I am using it all the time. I was very afraid to put so much money in a device I wasn’t sure to use. But I am so grateful that I did! In this post, I explain how I chose my dictionary and all the great features it has.
On the importance of intonation and how to work to improve it
For a language learner, immersing oneself in the target language is essential. But the environment is not as important as our attitude toward this environment. This is the difference between an active and a passive learner and the quality of our environment has nothing to do with it.
Knowing that too much choice consume my willpower, I tried to apply this principle to find a new listening strategy.
I said some days ago, that I wanted to buy an audiobook in Japanese and have it available on my phone to listen to it often. Well, I bought an audiobook on the site febe.jp, which is a site that sells Japanese audiobooks. I bought 世界から猫が消えたなら and I am very satisfied with it. The narrator speaks in a clear voice, other characters’ voices are made by different actors and the overall quality is really good. I will certainly make a review of it in some time. But then, I encountered a problem: I could not listen to this audiobook on my iPhone. It took me some time to figure out how to do it, so I thought it might help other people too if I explained the procedure. When you buy an audiobook on the site febe.jp, you can download it in mp3, which is a good thing because you can easily listen to it on any music player. If you are using iTunes, just import the file into your iTunes library and you can listen …
Even if I know that I should listen to at least some minutes of Japanese every day, I am not doing it. Here are some thoughts about the reason why I am so lazy and ideas to listen to more Japanese on a daily basis.
This is a review for the workbook 日本語パワードリル N2 文字・語彙, a collection of drills to prepare for the vocabulary part of the JLPT. It is a very good book to do target exercises, prepare for the JLPT or just testing yourself on your vocabulary knowledge!