View topic - Retaining what we know
Using flash cards for years would become boring.
There is an abundance of written material to use.
Can a person maintain their knowledge of Japanese just by reading and writing?
I realize their pronounciation would suffer, but it seems they would at least retain their vocabulary and understanding of grammar.
I would appreciate hearing what others think of this idea.
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A good way is to see as many japanese movies in japanese as you can, and with subtitles if you want, as long as you pay attention to what is said. Not only chambara and anime, but movies speaking the japanese people usually speak. It should at least allow you to keep a decent ear, and makes it easier to speak yourself.
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Honestly I don't know the answers. I've been at Japanese for 2yrs (1 class and hanging out with Japanese everyday), and still I can hardly communicate anything other than the basics (commands, numbers, age, questions, info, etc). Writing is such a bugger that I don't even bother with it much anymore. I think memorization is the key with languages so far removed from your own, because the grammar simply has so many exceptions that it would take a lifetime to try and memorize them all just to be able to speak to people. This is why I hate Japanese courses here at university. They focus so much on grammar and writing and by the end of the year you're lucky if you're able to go to Japan and order at a restaurant or ask directions.:@
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study 20 words every other hour for a day
study 20 words every day for week
study 20 words every week for a month
study 20 words every month for a year
study 20 words every year for ......
now each day you will have more words.. and each week you will have more as well. each set of 20 moves up the list until you get to the yearly mark. they say having done this you won't forget those words.. i did this for a short time, managed to do the monthly reviews and for the 2 years i was in japan, i never did forget and still know the 2000 vocabulary i used at the time.. it was religious, so most of the words aren't used in day to day conversation but were important for me at the time.. this system takes alot of self motivation and dedication..
you can use this system with kotowaza, stories, talks etc.. anything you want to retain
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Honestly I don't know the answers. I've been at Japanese for 2yrs (1 class and hanging out with Japanese everyday), and still I can hardly communicate anything other than the basics (commands, numbers, age, questions, info, etc). Writing is such a bugger that I don't even bother with it much anymore.
This helps the motivation for all of us!
*joke* ofcourse its hard but theres a (oooooolld) dutch saying that says u get rewarded equally for the effort you put into it. To be honest, that saying is in every language but anyway, nothing comes for free
Until then, a nice goodbye from me to you
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The second best thing is doing the workbook exercises in my textbook course. Both are essentially applications of knowledge.
All other methods are just crutches that are often helpful in the short term but to get it stuck in your head you need to use it. There seems to be a vast difference between passive use and active use as well. So best to actively use it as it seems to stick longer and you also get the benefit of being able to use it. Instead of being able to read it but not being able to write it or speak it.
If we had some kind of voice confrence room I might try it too
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