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Postby Zounoko » Sun 09.17.2006 10:37 pm

I don't know if anyone is interested. But I have been compiling example sentences from what I read to use in my favorite flashcard program, MemoryLift. (ML was recently updated to handle moji, although you cannot actually ENTER moji in the answer box and expect it to check if you are correct or not. But the four fields can include moji.)

I use the following entry format:

1. (Clue) the word as it is normally written. I may also put its "usage" partners in here -- for instance, (する)or (な) afterwards, or the correct particle before a verb. I do this because sometimes if you use a different particle, the meaning of the word changes.

2. (Clue) An example sentence, which is either a) the sentence where I actually encountered this word, b) a particularly useful sentence from my Canon wordtank or c) a sentence or collocution from the Kokugo entry. In a few cases (such as concrete nouns and place names) I don't put in an example sentence.

3. (Answer) Meaning, in 2 parts. First I put the Kokugo entry (usually pasted from dictionary.goo.ne.jp) and then, in parentheses, the English equivalent. I am always anxious to use the Kokugo as much as possible, so I put the English at the end. But in a few instances -- mostly specialist terms where I couldn't readily define the term in English and the Japanese definition would be impossibly technical -- I have omitted the Kokugo entry.

4. (Answer) The pronunciation in kana, if the original word contained kanji. I have tried to be disciplined about putting this in even for simple kanji, so I don't think there are any where I left that out.

The level of words is quite quirky -- these are, simply, words I didn't know when I came across them. Some may seem very simple to people who approached the language more systematically than I did. Others may seem too obscure to bother with. For instance, I like words about words, so I translated the explanatory notes for the kokugo dictionary at goo.ne.jp. Other people might not find such terms interesting.

If anyone wants them, I will be happy to make my flashcard files available.

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RE: vocab list

Postby CajunCoder » Sun 09.17.2006 11:39 pm

Sounds like a nice system. I also use memory lift, and I'd love to see your flashcards. Where does most of your vocabulary come from? Do you have any specific interest in which you look up most of them?
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Postby Zounoko » Sun 09.17.2006 11:56 pm

I am very eclectic in my reading.

I start books and don't always finish them. Partly this is because I can't skim in bookstores and I wind up with books that, once I get into them, are not as interesting as I thought.

Lately I've read about half of Gackt's new autobiography, but I've only put a few of the words in. (The rest are marked in the text, but not transferred to my comp yet.)

I'm currently reading a book by Arthur Binard called 出世ミミズ and if I get the chance (it's a borrowed book), It's an absolutely delightful read, but the vocabulary is rather tough. I put it down to the fact that Binard is a poet, so he's used to choosing words so that he can convey ideas in very brief form. Because it is a borrowed book, I can't write in it, so I am actually entering the text as I read it and making notes of unknown words. So I will get the vocabulary transferredinto ML more quickly than usual.

Another place I get vocab is reading the editorials in Asahi.com. These are already in electronic format, so getting that vocab in is relatively easy. I read one about a lawsuit by people suffering from Type B Hepatitis, so I entered a bunch legal and medical terms. There was an article on the Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori...

You get the picture. Really, there's not a lot of pattern. About the only thing I *don't* read is stuff about the economy and business conditions, so there's hardly any vocabulary from that realm.

Anyway, I'll be happy to send you the file, with the usual caveats -- take it as-is, and if you don't find it useful, throw it out.

Just pm me your email address and I'll send it along...
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Postby prep_girl_Nessa » Mon 09.18.2006 12:06 am

Lately I've read about half of Gackt's new autobiography


His new one? Do you mean Jihaku, or are there more than one? I actually only read the first chapter of Jihaku, but I was trying to translate it from Japanese and it took me about a week to do... I really don't have that kind of time anymore :(

You idea sounds very cool, do you want me to help with something? My Japanese is pretty limited though... but if you need something done, you can PM me and I'll see what I can do :)
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RE: vocab list

Postby Zounoko » Tue 09.19.2006 10:24 pm

Thanks, prep_girl_nessa. No, I don't need help. I just stick my personal vocab lists in this program and it occurred to me someone else might have a use for them if they use the same program...

Yah, Jihaku. I read the first 100 pages or so. My conclusion: People under 30 probably shouldn't write autobrigoraphies. They haven't lived enough yet...

(Now I'm gonna get it from all the young people on this site! <g>)

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Postby prep_girl_Nessa » Tue 09.19.2006 10:38 pm

People under 30 probably shouldn't write autobrigoraphies. They haven't lived enough yet...


Oh, but I really liked the first chapter! lol. He was talking about almost dying and going to that place where all the kids die... I loved it!
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