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Learning to think in Japanese using Sticky Notes?

Postby Pkmn Trainer Abram » Sat 06.06.2009 11:00 am

Basically, I want to start seriously thinking in Japanese. I have been studing for 3 years(mainly) and have trouble coming up with sentence structures. I HAVE been thinking about them more recently, but it seems my thought process goes like this:

-Think of a phase in English I would use in this situation
-Remember the Japanese words corresponding to them
-rearange words in typical Japanese order

Ex:
-"Everyday at work it's the same thing."
-"Mainichi, Mainichi, onaji da....."("Everyday, it's the same crap" is what I want to imply)

However I can't do this freely most of the time, and yet I'm halfway through Course 2 on Smart.Fm and got 150 Kanji from Heisig(please don't debate this here, I use it for memonics and remembering how to write, and it works for me, though I do NOT rely solely on it). I can get by in import games using kana and barely scrap by in games using kanji/kana, though lack of vocab gets me in both sometimes.

Basically I can read more than I can speak freely and sentences confuse me at first, though I assume that's because I think in terms of English to Japanese in vocab instead of just thinking in Japanese.

....
Anyway, I want to place various sticky notes around my house that would have text on them that would indicate my thoughts when I go to that area and such.

For example, a sticky note on the fridge would say:

What will I do?
Will I eat or drink something now?
I don't feel hungry./I'm starving.

I need to put the food up now.
I'll fix that PBJ sandwhich for mom now and get the milk afterwards.
Don't spill anything

Basically something along those lines. Ofcouse I want to have short dialouges on each of these sheets that mirror what I am thinking so it will depend mostly on my personal thoughts, but if anyone has some dialogs they'd like the share, don't be shy about posting them here.
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Re: Learning to think in Japanese using Sticky Notes?

Postby KusuKusu » Sat 06.06.2009 12:40 pm

I do that ALL the time! Some time last week I had a sheet of paper and drew my dog, then around it I wrote sentences about what I think when I see her. :lol:
Then I had latin revision to do and so on my sheet of paper I was writing in Japanese about how difficult I thought it was and how i'd never learn it and how some endings are the same etc. If I have paper and a dictionary at hand, i definitely start to doodle and write my thoughts ^^

It's a very productive and helpful way to learn in my opinion
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Re: Learning to think in Japanese using Sticky Notes?

Postby AJBryant » Sun 06.07.2009 4:24 pm

Pkmn Trainer Abram wrote:-"Everyday at work it's the same thing."


I once "created" a Sino-Japanese four-character compound for a familiar old English saying. A Japanese friend asked me what it meant. Once I wrote it out and explained it....

同屎異日
どうふんいひ


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Re: Learning to think in Japanese using Sticky Notes?

Postby Harisenbon » Sun 06.07.2009 7:59 pm

AJBryant wrote:同屎異日
どうふんいひ


You are the wind beneath my wings. :lol:
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Re: Learning to think in Japanese using Sticky Notes?

Postby yukamina » Mon 06.08.2009 11:24 am

AJBryant wrote:
Pkmn Trainer Abram wrote:-"Everyday at work it's the same thing."


I once "created" a Sino-Japanese four-character compound for a familiar old English saying. A Japanese friend asked me what it meant. Once I wrote it out and explained it....

同屎異日
どうふんいひ


Tony

Incidentally I just came across 屎 in my Hanzi studies yesterday.
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Re: Learning to think in Japanese using Sticky Notes?

Postby AJBryant » Mon 06.08.2009 5:47 pm

Harisenbon wrote:
AJBryant wrote:同屎異日
どうふんいひ


You are the wind beneath my wings. :lol:


Glad to be of service. :)


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