Day 30 – Speaking / Life update #2

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As uncomfortable as it may be, speaking is pretty easy. It just sucks to not have anyone to speak with in Japanese.
I still find it surprising at how simple Japanese is, when it comes to speech. I do hope I am doing it right 😉
I feel bad about not having much to say on it, but hey. I have officially been doing this for one month! 😀
So, there is that. Which is nice. 

life stuff:

– Applied to probably the perfect college for me (Affordable, Accredited)
So, I will be starting on my BA in Computer Science on September 4, 2014.

– I have been researching and studying a lot of Computer Science topics
I have almost 2 GB of PDFs For Dissertations and studying materials.

– I have set up a FreeBSD system and started learning more indepth about Unix

– My Japanese is going at a snails pace…But it is still going! 

– I have an estimated month until my stepdads project goes into the Alpha stages. Finally!

Day 28 – Starting as a baby

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So, while I am focused on learning to read/write/type in Japanese, I ended up forgetting something. I need to still learn words.

So, while working on my katakana, I figured, why not apply my understanding of pronunciation, and start learning the basics?

Asking questions about “What is this?” “Can you repeat that?” “What does this mean?”, etc etc.

I watched an interesting video from a guy with a PhD in psychology that is fascinated with language learning, it is definitely worth watching/listening to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0yGdNEWdn0

 

Cheers!
– Ashton

Day 27 – Katakana Progress

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I still barely have any of the Katakan down, which is slightly concerning, but I suppose its alright. I should get it relatively soon.
Once again isnt a lot to update on.

My list of Katakana: a,i,u,e,o,ka,ki,ke,ko,sa, shi, se, so, ta,tsu, te, to are the ones I have down so far… Its pretty spread out, but I guess the other ones will pick up. I did have issues with Hiragana similar to this. Strangely, shi/tsu have not really been problems. 🙂

Thats all I got for now.
Cheers!
– Ashton

Day 25 – Life/JP updates #1

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For my Japanese, I am still working on trying to have recall of Katakana, I am having a bit of an issue, but the association with Hiragana seems to have made it a little harder for me. There isn’t much to say about any of my learning today, I am just struggling, but I will get this! I have to get this. 🙂 I think I will have to just keep drawing, and reading all the kana at the same time.

As for my life, I am currently working on getting into college. I finally have figured out my plan. I am working on getting a Bachelors in Computer Science in the US, then I will be working on a Masters in Japan, and pursuing my PhD for Artificial Intelligence! Pretty excited about that, I mean, its only my passion. 

Cheers!
– Ashton

Day 24 – PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

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When you are learning, never forget to practice what you had previously learned. Even while trying to learn Katakana, I am still going back to my Hiragana flashcards, to make sure I can still recall it correctly.

The only problem I am really having, I can tell what is hiragana and what isn’t. My hiragana flashcards are pretty used up, I mean they look like they have made it through a few years of learning haha.

Thats all for now, I need to keep focusing so maybe my next post will be impressive and whoever is reading will be like “Woah! He is picking up katakana so fast!” -hopes-

Cheers!
– Ashton

Day 23 – Katakana & Random House && Reiteration/Modification of my order?

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[Ashton obtained Random House JP-EN/EN-JP Dictionary!]

It is pretty great for beginners, I found it pretty easy to open up and find words. The only problem I do have with it, is that it is in English ABC order, not 五十音, which basically means whenever I am more used to Japanese, I will need to obtain another Dictionary, except I suppose the next one I get will be in just Japanese.

So, after the unofficial 3rd day of Katakana, I have nothing finished. I made my flashcards, and finally found a good SRS-deck. I have just been busy with a ton of other things, which is a crappy excuse that I am really tired of using.

To make up for all of my slacking for the past few days (Hell, I even didnt post for one day), I am going to buckling down….and playing Final Fantasy 9…Which I practice Katakana! Think of it like a drinking game.

Everytime I…
– Use an item [Pick a random card, name it.]
– Fight a boss [Do a full run-down on every card.]
– Save [Do a full run-down on every card.]
– Fight a random mob [Take a sho—-Pick a random card, name it.]

Also, I have modified my order of learning, so I will reiterate it…Mostly for myself :/ Because of how I have been.
Feel free to ignore this part.

* Learn/Recall ALL Hiragana.
* Learn/Recall ALL Katakana.
* Begin learning sentences [2/1000 learned]
—- Learn the Kanji for words in each sentence in the list.
—- This does not count phrases 「おはようございます!」[Ohayou Gozaimasu]
* After 1,000 sentences:
* Learn all software-related words in Japanese. [Power-user && programmer-lingo]
* Play Japanese-games, every time I see something I do not understand, I will look it up, and learn it.
* Attempt to translate!

I would like to note, after I learn to read both kana, I plan on mixing all of these together. It has almost been a month, hopefully, when day 31 hits. I will look back at all the posts I have made, I will see the progress…and be proud of myself, and be able to push for the 3 month mark.

Cheers!
– Ashton

P.S.
If anyone has any good RPGs, feel free to post them. I might even do a Lets-Play, and translate it/post it on youtube. That would be pretty fun.

 

Day 22 – SRS ftw [And non-JP related events]

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I finally found a pretty good SRS-deck [Anki] to help me master katakan. I find myself being a little lazy, and I really need to cut that out and start pushing myself like I have been. Therefore, I will be doing 25 or 30 katakana a day! Its a pretty big requirement that I catch up to my old pace. I mean, if I slow down, I might not be able to work on my PhD in Tokyo University in 4 years! 

Speaking of college, I am still looking for an affordable college, to get my bachelors degree in. It is pretty tough, considering my last online college kind of screwed me over, because its a little disheartening. However! This is something I need to do. For myself. If anyone has a recommendation on a [Online]college that is cool with less than $5,550.00 a year, is full time, accredited, and will give me a Bachelors in Computer Science (Software Engineering). Please let me know, because my search has come up with negatives left and right. (offtopic ftw!)

On the plus side, I have full recall of hiragana, and I am at the point where I am starting to read it faster and faster. So, I got that going for me, which is nice…Anyways, I need to get to work on my katakana, enough blogging/talking, more doing! Must…work…hard….I will return with results!

Cheers!
– Ashton

Day 20 – Slow day / Recap

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So, today I am just going to be doing a recap over all the
things I have learned in the past 20 days. Just to make sure
I have it down.

While I am still working on Katakana, I will not be adding more
sentences or words to my list.

While I would normally never recommend this,It is just one of
those lazy Sundays, where I do not really feel like doing much.

Cheers!
– Ashton

Day 19 – Hiragana, Katakana, sentences / Syntax..and coding?

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A wee bit later in the day than I wanted to be posting, but nevertheless, I am still doing it.

So, while I was practicing sentences (and still hiragana), I decided to do a little bit of searching around for what people would do differently, to learn Japanese, if they knew what they knew now.

After checking out a surprising amount of people talking about that specific subject, I came to the conclusion that I will continue with what I am working on, except I will force myself to work
harder.

Looks like I am going to learn Katakana, while continuing with sentences/syntax/particles. However, because I ordered in a dictionary [Random House Japanese-English English-Japanese Dictionary], I am hoping it will help reinforce my vocabulary by quite a bit (I will write a little review on it after I receive it in the mail, and check into it)

Also, while I am nervous about it, I may start working on Kanji a lot sooner than I originally thought I would be. 😦

Goals for the week:
– Recall Katakana
– Know 50 sentences
– Create a small program for practicing Japanese.

Smaller goals. I got dis.

Cheers!
– Ashton