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1000 Kanji

Oh hi there. Yeah, well you know how I was gonna do 200 in one day? Well it didn’t work out. I had some real bad sleeping habits last week so I didn’t do many cards. However, two days ago I reached 1000!

I just slept for about 19 hours straight and reset my inner clock (thank god for weekends) so I’m gonna try to not screw myself up again.


Oh, and for those counting, it’s been a little over a month.

200 Kanji Challenge

Simple. Get to 1000 Kanji (from 816) by the end of today.

I will do it!

Urghhh TERRIBLE Week for Kanji

Durrr. I started this week by doing 50 Kanji a day. Then I missed one day, then didn’t add any more cards the next day, then fell asleep early the next. I’m really messing up ;_;.

I gotta catch up this weekend!

Wish me luck.

Anki is depressing sometimes :P

Orange Days

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I’ve recently picked up my RtK studies to a level that is a lot more fast paced. About 40-60 cards a day.

However this results in more reviews and of course, my retention rate isn’t as good. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing – I mean yeah, I’ll finish faster, but on the other hand I’ll have to review and work on them a lot more aside from just adding them in. When I was doing 25-30 a day I was remembering more like 95%. Now I’m remembering about 80-90%, and it’s dropping as I go along.

Well, hopefully things turn out for the best. Really, I just want to start doing SRS sentences.

Also, I watched a great Japanese Drama (ドラマ) called Orange Days which is about this girl who is mostly deaf and her little adventure in overcoming that and meeting some new people. It’s actually really good (and I generally don’t like the cheesy Japanese Dramas), so it gets my recommendation! Don’t be skeptics! I watched it with English subs because well, I suck at Japanese. But if you think you can do it without them, I challenge you!

Anki Re-Update

I promised I would do this, so here it is. I’ve updated my anki (aesthetically and in terms of how I use it). I changed my mind about showing the story on the front. I think you should see the keyword, then if you can’t make the connection, view the story as a hint. So that’s exactly what I did.

Here you can see the format. Here’s how you do it:

Go to Settings>Deck Properties and click on your deck, then push edit.

Under Fields, you will see three Fields. You will need to rename your fields. Here is how mine is set up:

Field 1: Kanji
Field 2: Keyword
Field 3: Story

I suggest putting them in that same order as I did (use Move  Up and Move Down to change the order).

Then, in card templates, copy paste this:



<font face=”Arial” size=2><a href=”#” onclick=”document.getElementById(‘hint’).style.display=’block’;return false;”>Show Hint</a></font><div id=”hint” style=”display: none”>%(Story)s</div>



NOTE: Your fields must be named the same way I showed above for that to work!

Tada! You have the same show hint button as I do.

Finally, you can edit the colors and fonts of your Anki in the Settings>Fonts and Colors menu.

Kanji Update

Hi everyone (wait no one reads this forsaken blog): this one is gonna be quick.

I’m at the 400 mark (well technically 395) of Kanji. Tomorrow also marks the 2 week day of me starting this book.

I’m going to try to do 45 or so today, which will put me at 440.  That means I’m just above 20% done with the book of 2042. In 2 weeks I did 400 Kanji, holy CRAP!

Guys, this feels great. I love skimming Japanese texts and being able to recognize half the Kanjis. Sure I don’t know what all of them mean, but I actually can figure out meaning from context (because I have a little Japanese vocab background) and it’s fun to connect the keywords to the characters even when I don’t know what it means. Being able to distinguish two characters that used to look like a slippery mess of lines is just heartwarming.

At this rate, I will finish my book by 6 weeks from now. I did not do a consistent job of doing the book for the last two weeks, so I am going to try to do so. The next lesson is 80 characters….. -____-, so I’m just gonna try to do 30-50 every day and it’ll average out to 40, which will actually speed up the process from 6 weeks  to about 5 weeks or so. Anyway, I can’t wait to finish this book so I can move onto fun stuff.

Things I need to do: Talk about Anki, talk about Anime, and talk about Music! Remind me.

RtK: Don’t worry too much

I’ve learned after experimenting with Anki and the RevTK site that you shouldn’t worry too much about RtK.

What I mean by that, is that if you fail, its okay!

Did you…
1) Fail a newly studied card?
2) Fail a card twice in a row?
3) Consistently fail a card?

Don’t worry about it. Try changing the story you have, if you like. However, I’ve figured out that SRS is not about the story, it’s about the repetition.

Ones that gave me trouble on the first, second, even third or fourth run through became natural after failing them because I’ve just seen them so much. I felt reluctant to ‘pass’ cards that took me a few seconds to look at, or that I had to reveal the story for to write, but now I realize I shouldn’t fail those because I succeeded in writing them from memory.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just be truthful. With the story and your memory, could you write it? If yes, push ‘good’. If yes, but it took you a few seconds or you had to use the hint button to reveal your story, push “hard” . If no, just fail it and move on. Don’t even worry.

Beginning of School Struggles and Remotivation

I struggled for the past few days to study Japanese. I haven’t added many new words although I have kept up my reviews. I threw a tantrum last night because I’m a teenager and I’m prone to such things, but in my defense my mother instigated it. I love her anyways.

As a high school student I’m pretty busy but it just makes me more interested in doing my Japanese learning. I’ve set up a calender using Rainlender on my desktop, which adds tasks that I need to complete. It reminds me of my various activities. I had 2 hours a night dedicated to working on Japanese, but I have decided I won’t need to use all 2 if I run out of things to work on.

In my Japanese 4H class, I noticed I understood a whole lot more that the teacher was muttering to herself. The class is quite rowdy so she tends to lose control of us, leading to her quiet muttering of things like “please be quiet” and “loud kids”. Although she’s not a great teacher, I like her anyway.

I’m going to try really hard to learn a lot of Japanese this year. I want to be able to get as good as possible before college starts, so I’ll have a good foundation in the time that I was a bit younger. I think I’ll thank myself later.

The big problem: my parents. I’m half Asian, half Middle Eastern. My parents want me to go to top notch colleges but honestly, I don’t really care as much. I mean sure, I can study, but I am a Junior and I’m taking 2 AP classes, Bio and Stat (well, at least I hope after this schedule muck I’m running into). That seems pretty good but a lot of my peers are taking 3, 4, or even more. It’s pretty ridiculous. I just hope my “Japanese self study” looks good on my college apps…

In reality my dream is to go to college in the USA, learn something useful, then apply that knowledge in Japan. I’m interested in either Business or Medicine… both very difficult fields. I’m not the hardest worker unless it’s something I like, such as video games or Japanese. I know that sounds pretty pitiful, I mean, who isn’t ‘good’ at video games or Japanese? Those aren’t very special things. I hope that I can figure out something I’m great at that is unique to me soon enough. Aside from learning Japanese on my own and enjoying video games :).

1 Week Kanji Progress

I’m up to 249 Kanji (and adding more now, so I’ll be at about 276. That’s a pace of about 40 cards a day. I’ve done more cards some days than others and I skipped a day I think, so this is a great pace. At this rate, I’ll be done in about a month and a half.

Of course I might not be able to keep up the pace but we will see.

For those of you who are multi-taskers like me, I have a couple suggestions.

1) Turn on the Japanese music. It helps focus and improves your immersion environment! Especially good for working on RTK.
2) Make it more difficult to do the things that you multi-task to. Do you constantly check your favorite forums and blogs for updates? Remove them from your bookmarks and speed dial.
3) Uninstall the things that distract you. I am a HUGE gamer. I understand. TF2 is one of my favorites, but it’s just too easy to get distracted and when you take one step down, you fall all the way down the ladder back to the other distractions. Do it. Uninstall.

Those tips will help! Trust me from a forum gaming addict, it’s really increased my productivity.

By the way, the picture above is of  いきものがかり (ikimono-gakari). It’s a really stellar band that I’ve recently taken a liking to. The picture links to their wiki page so take a look! I still am in the search of good Japanese music so please suggest any if you find them. Eventually when I build up a decent playlist I’ll write a post of my favorite music.

Good luck!


Words and music of the traditional Japanese so...

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Scroll through the comments there to find some cool music suggestions. I REALLY NEED NEW JAPANESE MUSIC MY GOD.

Same music over and over hurt ME BAD! I’M FORGETTING ENGLISH AHHH

Alright it’s way too late to be posting.