View topic - learn kanji with Yo Mama jokes? Possibly!
What sets my stuff apart from most of the textbooks/flashcards/websites is that I pay attention to what beginner students actually care about: “Do I really need this one? How can I tell this one apart from that one? What’s that little doohickey on the left side? Which particle goes with this verb?” These are the questions I’m trying to answer.
I’ve worked with 3 Japanese people to rate each of the 2,000 most popular kanji – and each of the ‘example kanji words’ – to make sure they’re all useful. A lot of dumb kanji got thrown out. I write advice on how to use the words correctly so you don’t sound like a noob. The textbook is structured so that the current kanji is always made out of radicals which you’ve already learned. I also have a system of mnemonics which helps you learn the pronunciation, the meaning, and all the radicals, in one English sentence. The mnemonic system is pretty much based on Yo Mama jokes.
Since I'm still developing it, I'm curious what people on The Japanese Page think of it - please try it and tell me what you think.
kanji textbook is here:
kanji dictionary is here:
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Those links are the same
You have obviously put in a lot of work but I have no idea who Vince Neal is. In fact, having read the first dozen or so, I found the mnemonics you use rather baffling.
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I write advice on how to use the words correctly so you don’t sound like a noob.
That's my biggest fear!
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I dislike the foul language. Then again, the shock and/or amusement factor probably would serve as a pretty significant memory aid -- at least until it starts to get old.
The mnemonic system seems to be a modified Heisig, although I think you've also managed to address a lot of the pitfalls I hate about Heisig's system by adding in compounds and demonstrating that the "meaning" or "keyword" you have attached to the kanji don't often apply to actual words they're used in.
Overall, I'd say it's a pretty good resource. HOWEVER, because of the language used, I'll be particularly careful about recommending it to other students of Japanese. A G-rated version would be nice.
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I've always praised teaching of language by non-natives, because it's much easier to pick up on what might (or might not be) a good teaching method because you went through the trials and tribulations yourself in the near past and can point out any not quite so obvious pitfalls along the way much better than any native teacher could.
I expect your resource will come in useful to me in the future - thank-you.
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