Slooshy’s Study Log 🦑

I’m sorry, but are you talking about this part?

病気にならないようにする免疫の力が強くなるように、みそやヨーグルトなどの発酵食品を毎日食べます。

If so - then are you sure you are not confusing 病気 with 病院?
I’d roughly translate this part as “To strengthen your immunity that protects you from becoming sick, you should eat fermented foods like miso or yogurt every day”.

Apart from that sentence, however, I’d say you’ve done a very good job on translating the article!
I’m really glad that you’re using NHK Easy News too. It’s a great resource and, though simipified, it’s nevertheless a real - “in the wild” - Japanese-only site! Being able to use it is a great milestone on the way to learn Japanese!
Also, I’m really glad to see that you’ve resumed writing in this log! Best of luck with your studies!

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Ahhh thank you sooo much!!! Hahahahaha yes I totally confused 病院 and 病気! Lolol :rofl: and I am kinda amazed at that because they’re not similar… :crazy_face:

I am so amazed that being able to read as much as this is already possible!! And to be able to read Japanese definitions of Japanese words is really powerful…!!! Thank you for steadily recommending NHK News Web Easy. :slight_smile: And Satori reader too!

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Three more hours left before Tsurukame will say that I have reached level 14!!! In honor of this moment and the fortune/luck theme in level 13, I post the following unnerving moment of study progress:

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I have started using Human Japanese.

Also, I am now on level 17. (Really haven’t been focusing well lately, so this isn’t to do with me running up against something that was particularly extra challenging in the study sets yet.)

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This morning I took in another small set of new vocab for lvl 17, and in Human Japanese completed chapter 9, Numbers, and chapter 10, Times and Seasons. (For HJ I am using the phone app.)

Later on today I will:

  • Make my first Japanese language diary entry!! ~ <3 @Sarabrina thank you for the great idea!
  • Read an article in NHK News Web Easy
  • Try out a retro game in Japanese
  • Play a bit more 集まれ 動物の森

@trunklayer
@IgorTheGreat
@skymaiden

Thank you for cheering me on!!

Cure Dolly emphasized immersion. Definitely going to keep trying for some immersion…but I get really exhausted from translating and I don’t want to overload myself again, so I need to find a sustainable pace. I think a little bit every day is important rather than doing a big chunk and getting overwhelmed and then letting it slide.

Soon I wanna:

  • try again on listening to a beginner conversation video series on YouTube. Just letting it wash over me will be good enough for now.
  • listen to the next Cure Dolly video lesson
  • possibly listen to some more Ghost in the Shell with Japanese subtitles on Netflix.
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Oh, and yesterday I took in a small batch of lvl 17, and played a tiny bit of 集まれ 動物の森!!!^ - ^

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Yay! I’m so happy that you were inspired by my study log and decided to start making your own Japanese language diary entries! 頑張ってください! :muscle:

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Welp…I kept up with reviews yesterday but didn’t do much else.

Hmmm… is that because of 人性?

Perhaps? :slight_smile:

I wonder… maybe I would benefit from a progress tracker?

Well then yesterday’s goals just became today’s goals!! :grinning:

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:cherry_blossom: Today’s goals: accomplished!!! :cherry_blossom:

:heavy_check_mark: Make my first Japanese language diary entry!! ~ <3 @Sarabrina thank you for the great idea!
:heavy_check_mark: Read an article in NHK News Web Easy
:heavy_check_mark: Try out a retro game in Japanese - 牧場物語!
:heavy_check_mark: Play a bit more 集まれ 動物の森

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Tomorrow’s goals:

  • Read one NHK News Web Easy article
  • WK 10 new vocabs
  • 牧場物語
  • 動物の森 はしずえのお知らせを読み
  • Human Japanese
  • 僕の日記を書き

^
Please don’t hesitate to tear this up.
(I am pretty sure 書きis dead wrong…)

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Today’s loooooooog:

So far I have done zero reviews and lessons. Total! :smiley:<sarcasm smiley

Next: I did some Harvest Moon, aka Bokujoumonogatari!

Annnnnnnd that’s it.
Temporary Failure emoji awarded for the day:
:bus:~~~ :busstop: :running_woman:

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Caught up on my reviews this morning – clearing up lvl 17 vocab in preparation to enter lvl 18. :smile: Yesterday I played a bunch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Japanese!

Also, I’m thinking that maybe doing the to-do list thing is inspiring feelings of failure more than it is actually helping motivate me to be consistent.

My actual to-do list is probably better constructed like so:

:heavy_check_mark: Studied some Japanese or Japanese-related thing.

Success helps me. Failures…well… :sweat: …failures are discouraging. :grapes:

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You are not alone! I am the same way with to-do lists. Unless I complete every single item, I dwell on the things I missed rather than celebrate the things I accomplished.

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:smile: That’s reassuring! Thank you! :blush:
Here’s to focusing on the accomplishments!! I much prefer to list off the things that I did off the cuff than worry about the stuff I missed.

(For me I think the list thing is great on day one and maybe day two, but keeping it going is really tough.)

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Okay! Today I am keeping up with reviews, added another set of vocab, “read” a few articles on NHK News Easy, advanced another chapter in Human Japanese, and read through most of the how to play instructions for マリオのピクロス! I listened to a good chunk of Cure Dolly the day before yesterday and then a little more yesterday.

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I notice that the same several words or so keep coming up in my reading and I look them up but they’re not sticking. I grabbed an Anki app for my phone thinking that I would just add them in as I encountered them and then I would review them until they started to stick but I gotta admit that the Anki method isn’t a fit for me. If Anki was like WK, with cut and dried bounds on right and wrong answers it would be helpful. But in addition to that, the way it’s set up - confronting me with an abysmal failure percentage - it’s too discouraging. And also I already have pledged my soul to the Crabigator (and Human Japanese) so there’s not much spare willpower to devote to reviews in AnkiApp.

Soooo… what I am thinking of doing instead is more like what I did to study German: I will write down the stuff and make sort of a vocab sheet and review that instead, looking at it whenever I run into the words in the wild and adding to it every time a particular word has been coming up frequently enough for me to start finding it familiar.

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Ok - I also wrote a new journal entry and watched some ANN JapaNews live via YouTube. Can say I didn’t understand much but hey it’s immersion right? :crazy_face: woooo!

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Have you looked into the Goldlist method? I haven’t tried it myself, and it certainly won’t work for everyone, but it could be worth considering.

There’s a detailed set of steps that go into it, but the basic idea is:

  1. Each day you write the day’s date and a list of 25 words to learn, and their translation/meaning.
  2. After writing the list of words, don’t look at it again for two weeks.
  3. At the two week mark, review the words for which ones you do and do not remember. The hope is you’ll remember about 30%. Mark the 8 you remember best, and those are dropped out of the method. Write the date and the remaining 17 on the opposite facing page.
  4. Again, don’t look at the list for two weeks. At that time, look at the list of 17, and remove the 5 you remember best. In the area below the second list, write the date and the remaining 12 words, as you are still working to learn these.
  5. After two weeks of not looking at those two pages, review the list of 12 words. Remove the 3 words you know best, and write the remaining 9 on the first page below the first list.

There’s more to it after that, which you can read about here if you’re interested.

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So happy to see people learning and recommending very useful words like the one’s y’all mentioned here! I primarily learned these words by going to the gym in Japan with my friend. He taught me all kinds of words related to the gym and with the human body. One of the best ways to learn the language is to experience it! Thanks to my experience at the gym, I’ll never forget 筋肉 and 筋肉痛!! :slight_smile:

頑張ろう! Let’s keep at it! :muscle:

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Cool!! Thanks! I’d not heard of this method! :grinning: Thanks also for the link!

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