Language Mix

There are cases when one is learning a second language that other choices may come into the mix. Like me, you might be thinking: “Well kanji comes from Chinese… I already know many characters, and the grammar is supposed to be incredibly easy…” Another thought that has crossed my mind is: “Hmm since knowing two other … Continue reading

The Tadoku Times

This past October, I finally decided to join the mighty tadoku contest. For the uninitiated, tadoku is a technique where one reads an extensive amount of text in their target language. In the contest, readers would log their page-counts on twitter and get their current ranking. I’m usually the sort of reader that will jump between various … Continue reading

The SRS Chronicles

Another big change I made over the summer was in regards to my SRS. In fact, not one card from pre-summer was left over by the end of the season. This hasn’t been just a change of format, but also a change of attitude towards SRS and where it fits into my language learning journey. … Continue reading

Summer Break Shenanigans

Here we are, already well into September. The back to school feeling is in the air, and with that, I’m ready for new Japanese adventures. I feel extra pumped, because as many of you know, I scaled things back a bit in order to enjoy the summer. I certainly didn’t stop doing things in Japanese … Continue reading

I Know What I Did Last Summer

Hello everyone, it’s really great to be back after quite a summer! As you may remember, I took a hiatus from making new posts over this hot and humid time of year. But I certainly took a lot of notes during that time! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the topics I want to … Continue reading

Taking The Plunge

For a while now, I’ve felt a bit stuck at the intermediate stage. I’ve already written about the various things I’ve had to give up in order to make better progress, I’ve done a lot of research about good study techniques and learning resources, and written about many on this blog too. But now I think … Continue reading

So You Want To Be The Very Best, Like No One Ever Was? [Pt1]

“Welcome to the world of Pokémon!” This is the introductory line that begins so many fantastic adventures in the Pokémon franchise. When I say franchise, and not game series, I mean it. The world of Pokémon is huge, even bigger than you may realize… There are so many different forms of Pokémon media to enjoy, and since it’s … Continue reading

Power Up Your Japanese

At last, the day has come for me to walk down the monolingual road. Basically what this means using a Japanese dictionary to look up unknown Japanese words. This is an experiment I’ve been doing over the last little while, and now that I have a system that’s working, I’d like to share it with … Continue reading

Spring Into Focus

I’ve always felt that spring should mark the new year. It is after all the first season of the year, and one that marks renewal and freshness. March is the month that spring begins, and what better time to develop new ways to focus on your goals. To find out what turn in the path to … Continue reading

A Little Refinement

In preparation for my next project, which will be something done monthly, I’m looking to refine my habits, and my environment. What this means for me is less English and more Japanese. For it to work, this should be long term, sustainable changes that can keep me on track. Following my personal guideline of always having … Continue reading

  • Read More or Die! 2011

    _2011 End Results_
    Total read for Tadoku:
    __433.3 pages!__
    Placement: 115/188
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    October 2011 Contest:
    Placement: 97/120
    End Tally: 59.2
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    July 2011 Contest:
    Placement: 86/142
    End Tally: 195.6
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    April 2011 Contest:
    Placement: 62/106
    End Tally: 154.5
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    January 2011 Contest:
    Placement: 84/99
    End Tally: 24
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    August 2010 Contest:
    Placement: 20/41
    End Tally: 160

  • Read Or Die 2013

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    June:
    Goal: 600
    Total: 906.26
    blew my goal outta the water!

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    March 2-Week:
    Goal: 125
    Total:302.75

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    January:
    Goal: 250
    Total: 314