I guess depending on everyone’s strategy to add new vocab, some have faced the same question I’m wondering these days related to adding new vocab that is found while reading, watching shows or basically anywhere.
So far while reading, every time I bump into a new vocab it goes to word list that later gets made into Anki cards. While watching shows, it’s more like whenever a hear an unknown word a couple of times in the same scene or episode, then if possible I activate japanese subs and write down the word, otherwise I try to find it by sound alone using jisho.org.
The question that came to me after months of doing this is, how frecuent are those words I’m adding? Some of those I can see they have a card in the Core10K deck, so that both helps with in making my own card and to check the frecuency of the given word; if not in the Core10K I will search for that word to be used at least once in any of the sentences I keep from my shows (a huge deck made of sentences / scenes using Subs2SRS). And if not able to do any of the before mentioned… well… then I leave the word in the word list and some months later I will check again if after adding more shows to the sentence bank it got used at all.
What’s your routine for adding new word when reading or watching shows, do you consider frecuency at all to avoid learning too specific vocab?
I’ve recently bumped into a couple of interesting word frecuency lists that could be of use
First from the Tokyo University.
- A List of about 60,000 words commonly found in books
Then Japanese Wikipedia
- A list of the most common 20,000 word in the language
I was thinking in running words in these lists before considering adding them or not if they don’t fall within the Core10K deck.
I will love to hear about how you tackle down unknown vocab.