火曜日, 1月 23, 2007

Facing the challenge!

Okay, so I need an external motivator to get me to study. How about this one?

I've signed up for the free san-kyuu kanji email service from the Japanesepage.com, - this will operate as my external force - and I am entering them in to my brilliant kanji drilling tool from Declan (see Nihongojira passim).

This will force me to at least get exposure to the basic kanji, without my own useless sense of study gold-plating ("can't move on till I understand, dammit!") interfering to block my progress. In fact, as I signed up to the list a few weeks ago, I will have to more than keep up! I need to go faster to catch up!

1 件のコメント:

Joseph さんのコメント...

Hi Dan,

I'm assuming it was you that posted a message on http://englishalien.blogspot.com/
?

I think I have just confused the other Dan in Bristol that I know (Dan Lock, fellow Japanophile), by sending him an email about your message...!

Great to have found your blogs - very interesting, I've subscribed to both. Reading NihonGojira reminds me of myself in many ways! It's a constant challenge isn't it... I'm still battling with the kanji, although I do love the Heisig method (Remembering the Kanji, currently out of print, due to go to press in the spring) that I adopted last year.

Reading too - I'm so slow! I find when reading out loud in class, if I make a mistake I tend to lose the plot completely, and even the hiragana become incredibly challenging!

Still, I have found that by reading for 30 minutes a day my reading has been improving lately. The Big Issue Japan is my favourite, although I've also found Hiragana Times (which I'm sure you're familiar with) useful as it's bilingual. I get it on subscription when in the UK - I have a few PDF copies if you're interested.

Your e-Learning blog is a great read too. I'm sort of starting to become involved with that sort of thing at Uni in Sheffield - they've been awarded some money by the Government to promote Inquiry based Learning, and there is an emphasis on technology.

Anyway, hope you and your family are well.

take care

joseph