Posts Tagged ‘Japanese’

Vocab List – Transportation

Friday, June 5th, 2009 | 2 Comments »
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Hiragana Kanji English
たいへん 大変 difficult, hard
おうだんほどう 横断歩道 pedestrian crossingg
よこぎる 横切る to cross
しんごう 信号 traffic light
じこ 事故 accident
こうそくどうろ 高速道路 freeway
ちがう 違う to be different
いはん 違反 violation
こうさてん 交差点 intersection
とおる 通る to pass through
とじる 閉じる to close
こうつう 交通 traffic, transportation
いっぽうつうこう 一方通行 one-way traffic
じどうしゃ 自動車 automobile
きえる 消える to go out
ちゅうしゃじょう 駐車場 parking lot
じてんしゃ 自転車 bicycle
しょうぼうしゃ 消防車 fire engine
かえる 変える to change (trans)
こうじちゅう 工事中 under construction
はやい 速い fast
そくど 速度 rate of speed
かわる 変わる to change (intr)

Japanese Study – The Revival

Friday, June 5th, 2009 | No Comments »
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I’m like the indecisive boyfriend who comes crawling back when I realize what I’ve missed, only to play the abandoner once again when things get too rough.

So I’ve decided that I can’t live without some sort of Japanese study in my life, even with part-time work and the babysitting and the web designing (I took in three projects for this summer) and the Sweden trip. It’ll be but a summer romance with Japanese study, and then I’ll be back with accounting classes, letting them eat my life up again. It’s sort of tragic, really.

But for this summer, I’m going to try and make an obscene amount of posts every day to record and refresh on all the things I’ve learned in the past two years in classes, so I don’t forget it all. Brace yourselves, readers, if there are any of you still out there (I doubt, oh, I doubt)! You’ll be in for lots and lots of grammar and vocab bits.

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.

Kanken DS 2 (Nintendo DS) & Kanji Learning

Thursday, February 5th, 2009 | 5 Comments »
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The full name is a bit long, so I’ll just leave it to you to search for it. XD

I read about this game from the TravelJapanBlog, and had to try it.  It’s the cheapest at Play-Asia, though it’s still pretty expensive there. So far, so good.  I’ve been puttering around on the 10 kyuu level (the lowest) because I didn’t exactly learn my Kanji in the kanken order, so simple kanji like 虫 were a bit beyond me. But the characters (except for the menu buttons) were easy and clear to read (more…)

My Japanese Coach (Nintendo DS)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 | No Comments »
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I’ve been playing with the My Japanese Coach for Nintendo DS for a couple of days now (that means about two XD). Let me tell you a little bit of background about myself as a Japanese user:

  • About 2 years of classroom study
  • About 300 kanji recognized, can write about 200
  • Know how to conjugate verbs and use past and present/future tenses.

For me–and this is something I’ve read from other reviewers of the game too–this game runs too slowly.  (more…)

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