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Index Cards for Kanji and Vocab

Saturday, February 14th, 2009 | No Comments »
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Today I bought index cards to use while reading the mangajin magazines.  I find the flash card system is one that works pretty well for me, though that may not be the case for other people.  The act of writing something down helps imprint it in my memory, and then I can flip through the cards and arrange them in whatever order I want.  Here’s what I do:

Unruled side: Japanese kanji or vocabulary word, large, in bold or English idiom or grammar point, also large, in bold

Ruled side: English translation, followed by an example sentence or Japanese grammar/idiom, followed by examples & explanations.

I use half-sized index cards (you can buy them at the store pre-cut, or you could buy regular index cards and cut them yourself >__>), and I usually have plenty of space to write.  When I’m on the bus going to school or walking someplace, it’s easy to just take them out and look at them, because they’re less bulky.  They fit neatly into almost any pocket.

I spent lunch copying down unfamiliar words and phrases onto the index cards, and by the end of lunch break, had about two dozen in a stack.   One of these days I’ll try the flashcard exchange website, and convert them to the web.  Though ultimately, actual tangible flashcards still seem more portable and convenient.

Mangajin books arrived!

Saturday, February 14th, 2009 | No Comments »
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Mangajin Vol. 58

I’ve always wanted to try the Mangajin books as part of my Japanese-learning regimen, but I could never take the time to read some of the available downloads on the computer. Last month TravelJapanBlog was selling some old issues at a discount price, so I grabbed them. They came in on Wednesday, and I’ve been reading them on the bus and in-between classes since.

The manga are pretty old, but they’re still completely enjoyable, especially if you’re a fan of old-style manga (which I am). The English-language articles seem pretty interesting too–they make up about 1/3 to 1/2 of each issue. They’re more magazines than books, but so far the translations and explanations are teaching me a whole lot about colloquial Japanese. I shall post some scans soon!

You can buy Mangajin volumes from the original distributor at this website:

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