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Arekkusu
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Speaks: English, French*, GermanC1, Spanish, Japanese, Esperanto
Studies: Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Estonian

 
 Message 1 of 407
21 September 2010 at 9:54pm | IP Logged 
**You will find, further down this post, this thread’s initial post from September
21, 2010.**


My log for 2011 (TAC 2011 Team あ) starts on post 58, any-language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23061&PN=1&TPN=8" >page 8.
Languages studied: Japanese, Spanish, Norwegian, Esperanto, German.

My log for 2012 (TAC 2012 Team ne nur) starts on language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23061&TPN=32">post 249, page 32. My new
objectives for the year 2012 are written there.
Languages to be studied: Japanese, German, Esperanto, Finnish, Swahili, maybe
Korean
.


Some notable posts that received a significant amount of votes:

My technique, post 83, TID=23061&PN=1&TPN=11">page 11
    (Amended on post 126, language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23061&PN=1&TPN=16">pa ge 16)
TID=23061&TPN=20&KW=self%2Dtalk#325750">Self-talk Exercise
How speaking helps improve listening: post 180, language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23061&PN=0&TPN=23">pa ge 23


Some Norwegian posts starting on post 102, language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23061&PN=0&TPN=18">pa ge 18
Some Esperanto posts starting on post 238, language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23061&TPN=30">page 30
Sprachprofi’s evaluation of my German, post 247, language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23061&PN=0&TPN=31">pa ge 31


Various links:

My main webpage
about pitch
(under construction; hosted by Sprachprofi)
Japanese word frequency list
My Japanese electronic dictionary
Japanese subtitles


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Sept 21, 2010 -- Introductory post

As a young branch heavy with buds, I shall bow under pressure and create my own
Japanese learning log.
However, I do so with reservation as only time will tell if I can maintain it
regularly.

Profile

I started learning Japanese in August 2008; self-study with occasional tutors.
I took an Advanced class in Sept. 2009 at the Cultural Centre (too inefficient).

Level (Sept. 2010): Advanced (C1). Back in March, my tutor determined that I was
B2/C1. I'd venture I'm now firmly at or above C1, seeing as she constantly tells me how
impressed she is with my rate of progress (I'll gladly take her word for it).

[EDIT, Sept 2011: I was probably B2 back then.]

Philosophy

To me, language is a social tool and I am convinced that the brain learns languages
best in a social
context. As a result, I put more emphasis on oral communication with people. I have
little interest in
literature.

Objectives

Long-term: near-native level.
Mid-term: translation from Japanese within 5 years from start date (3 years from
now).
Short-term: 1) Fix common errors and improve vocabulary, 2) refine speech (sound
more educated,
refine politeness levels), 3) improve pitch production. Increase portion of time I
spend thinking in Japanese.

Process

Language Partners

I currently have 3 language partners and my meetings with them form the bulk of my
learning. All meetings
follow a basic pattern whereby we help eachother for one hour each. Each is responsible
for preparing their
own portion.

I meet Partner 1 weekly since May 2009. Although we set out to work for 2 hours, our
meetings always
extend to 3 or 4 hours.

P2 teaches my wife and kids, and then sits with me for an hour afterwards. Since she
will occasionally
prepare lessons, I consider her more of a tutor.

P3 and I only meet sporadically, every second week or so. She speaks virtually
no English.

Other activities

I whimsically alternate between various sources, without structure:

-podcasts (japanesepod101 provides great exposure to real language)
-dramas (with some shadowing)
-lang-8
-other Internet resources (newsmanga, tangorin, lingq, smart.fm, Yahoo! Chiebukuro,
etc.)
-Anki: not a big fan of SRS, but I enjoy this workflow: look up words in Tangorin, save
to vocabulary list,
create a list every two weeks and export to Anki
-occasional mangas (reading 玄米先生の弁当箱 lately, mostly on the bus)

Purpose of this log

I hope this log helps me highlight my achievements and double-underline my failures, as
I cross-out
linguistic difficulties and issues one by one. I will document difficulties I encounter
and need to work on. I
might maintain a master list of issues.

Edited by Arekkusu on 22 May 2012 at 12:07am

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22 September 2010 at 4:26am | IP Logged 
Thanks for starting the log. Your plan of action has already motivated me.


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McSensei
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If I could reach C1 Japanese in two years, I'd be elated! I've only just begun, though.
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Lexii
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22 September 2010 at 2:01pm | IP Logged 
I'm delighted to see you've decided to start a log! I'm looking forward to following your progress!
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Arekkusu
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Thanks all for the encouraging words!
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pitwo
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22 September 2010 at 3:36pm | IP Logged 
Bonne chance dans ta quête !
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Arekkusu
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22 September 2010 at 5:19pm | IP Logged 
First update!

Read a text given to me as homework (lots of unknown words! so frustrating!) and watched a drama called "Nihonjin no shiranai nihongo". I didn't think I'd like it, but I'm quite enjoying it. I'm watching it without subtitles. Ironically, I find I understand more that way. Of course, there are also parts I don't get at all 8(
A friend arriving this weekend from Japan is bringing me the manga the series is based on.

I would also like to touch upon the subject of "thinking in Japanese". I addressed the topic in another thread I initiated. I think in Japanese in little pockets throughout the day, but I need to crank it up. It's been better lately, but it's still not quite what I'd like. It's a great way to get a wake-up call on the useful words I don't know, but should know. For some reason, I'm finding this a lot harder in Japanese than it was in the other languages I learned.
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22 September 2010 at 5:20pm | IP Logged 
Almost Haiku: the only poetry I actually like.

Arekkusu wrote:
As a young branch heavy with buds, I shall bow under pressure and create my own Japanese learning log.


Great log already and massive progress in so short a time.

頑張って




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