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by nukemarine
Mon 07.26.2010 11:15 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Success with Heisig?
Replies: 44
Views: 21335

Re: Success with Heisig?

This is probably a question better asked on the RevTK forums as many there have finished book 1 and have continued to study Japanese. Basic answer: RTK the book is not that great. You're limited to stories he creates (when he creates them), his order, his meanings and his number of kanji (2042). For...
by nukemarine
Wed 06.02.2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: What to do after RTK?
Replies: 11
Views: 6495

Re: What to do after RTK?

I concur, The Koohii forums has a lot of advice, so it's easy to get lost. Personally, there's nothing wrong with doing Genki along with RTK. Just don't stress the kanji portion of Genki in the back as RTK is handling that. However, once you learn that kanji start using it in Genki. There's the othe...
by nukemarine
Sat 01.23.2010 7:09 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Kanji + hiragana, or just hiragana for beginners?
Replies: 4
Views: 4180

Re: Kanji + hiragana, or just hiragana for beginners?

Radiowave, When I did Rosetta Stone back in Jan 2007 (disclaimer, I do not recommend Rosetta Stone at all), I made the decision to do the Kanji portion of the sentences. It was difficult, but doable. Problems (more to do with RS than using kanji) was mistaking what a particular word was trying to sh...
by nukemarine
Fri 12.18.2009 2:50 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Newbie the alphabet
Replies: 14
Views: 6237

Re: Newbie the alphabet

Just to be contrary, I think one could learn Kanji first (writing and recognition in one's native language), but one can also learn both the kana sets at the same. Recommended path is the "Kanji Lite" variant of Remembering the Kanji (essentially the JLPT 2 kanji and supporting kanji), plus Remember...
by nukemarine
Fri 12.18.2009 2:43 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: English slangs to Japanese
Replies: 10
Views: 3870

Re: English slangs to Japanese

Just to be pedantic: It's don't BREATHE a word. Breath is a noun. Breathe is a verb. Tony shhhh, you'll upset the natives.. you know the ones who have no idea about phonics.. :) On the bright side, Magamo has made it clear he has no problem if people corrects his English, in fact he encourages it s...
by nukemarine
Mon 12.07.2009 9:48 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: How do you organize your Anki decks?
Replies: 5
Views: 6237

Re: How do you organize your Anki decks?

--Kanji-- Fact Set-Up Kanji RTK Keyword RTK Number Various Meanings Pronunciations (on and kun words) Card Set Keyword, Meaning and Pronuncition to Kanji (imagine writing it out) Kanji to Meaning (but shows Pronunciation and Keyword) --Vocabulary-- Fact Set-Up (I use Core 2k and 6k and Tanuki databa...
by nukemarine
Mon 11.09.2009 3:52 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Understanding Basic Japanese Grammar
Replies: 3
Views: 4015

Re: Understanding Basic Japanese Grammar

At forum.koohii.com there's a thread discusses about UBJG. We also put together a spreadsheet with access limited to those that prove they own the book. See the thread for more detail. It is a useful book, though I personally only did half of it prior to moving to Tae Kim (and soon Kanzen Master 2)....
by nukemarine
Fri 10.16.2009 1:54 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Study Kanji without Romaji
Replies: 4
Views: 4036

Re: Study Kanji without Romaji

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=rX2ZgMfFVgdr0wWIz3pTkzQ http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=r3DooM_hfFN5Y-PnkI28T4Q These are Google spreadsheets of Kanken entries. Useful in that they show Onyomi, Kunyomi (with decimal to idicate the portion that's kana or kanji), common English meanings,...
by nukemarine
Sun 10.04.2009 4:37 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Hiragana vs Kanji.....
Replies: 78
Views: 19496

Re: Hiragana vs Kanji.....

There are two main objections to Heisig's divide and conquer approach. The first is that the way the book is organized, very rare kanji are introduced early and very common kanji are introduced late; Heisig claims that this is OK because you need to know all 2042 kanji for any of them to be of use....
by nukemarine
Sat 10.03.2009 7:57 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Hiragana vs Kanji.....
Replies: 78
Views: 19496

Re: Hiragana vs Kanji.....

There are two main objections to Heisig's divide and conquer approach. The first is that the way the book is organized, very rare kanji are introduced early and very common kanji are introduced late; Heisig claims that this is OK because you need to know all 2042 kanji for any of them to be of use....
by nukemarine
Sat 10.03.2009 7:16 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Hiragana vs Kanji.....
Replies: 78
Views: 19496

Re: Hiragana vs Kanji.....

Fine, it's the "How to learn Kanji" that's controversial. I should have quoted FurryKef better prior to making the quip. You both (Yudan and Infidel) seem to have missed the part where I agreed that many complaints about Heisig's RTK method were correct? Maybe I wasn't clear, so here's a bit better ...
by nukemarine
Sat 10.03.2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Hiragana vs Kanji.....
Replies: 78
Views: 19496

Re: Hiragana vs Kanji.....

Odd that "learning Kanji" on a forum about Japanese is considered controversial. Unless you want to remain functionally illiterate in Japanese, kanji must be a part of the equation in learning Japanese. Although I can't prove otherwise, learning Kanji first off (well, real early) in my Japanese stud...
by nukemarine
Mon 09.21.2009 3:33 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: If it weren't for the writing system...
Replies: 69
Views: 23077

Re: If it weren't for the writing system...

Yudan Taiteki wrote: jcdietz03 wrote:Chinese is harder than Japanese because there are no kana to use as a crutch. On the other hand, Chinese characters, for the most part, have only one reading. (I assume you mean the Chinese writing system is harder than the Japanese writing system, not the langu...
by nukemarine
Mon 09.21.2009 2:36 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Frustrated by a long-term plateau
Replies: 36
Views: 11957

Re: Frustrated by a long-term plateau

You're beyond my level, so I can only offer vague suggestions that work in all walks of life: 1. Utilize a Spaced Repetition Software like Anki to reduce what you forget 2. Post milestones you achieve (books read, 500 new words learned, pages written). 3. Record your current levels at monthly (or ev...
by nukemarine
Sun 09.13.2009 5:35 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: My theory on why Japanese vocabulary is hard
Replies: 29
Views: 13260

Re: My theory on why Japanese vocabulary is hard

I'd like to add that I am constantly impressed by all the neato programs and databases folks have available to them these days for learning Japanese. The last time I studied Japanese was back before we had the internet, and even personal computers weren't yet common (or very advanced). My study mat...