slight changes to this blogs structure

April 11, 2007 at 7:15 am | Posted in Read Me First | Leave a comment

hello everyone. yes, this blog has been inactive for a long time, and yes i`m sorry. i`ve been thinking about mnemonics lately, and how they work and how they can help with memorization of japanese(or any other language). so far on this site i have been using my mnemonics, the ones that work for me. but as i`ve read more about the subject, i`ve come to realize that even though for me they may work very strongly…the best way is to build your own mnemonics with your own life experiences.

and so i think i`m going to make a few changes to this blog. i`m also making these changes because it will allow me to post more words quickly without having to type up a paragraph for each word and how it works for me. also, by this new method you will draw from your own mind to make the final mnemonic link, which will make the word extra stiky. however, i still will include how i see the word in my mind if i think it is helpfull.

mainly though, i will be giving you a KEY word, usually a sound alike word or concept/image that i personally use, and then allow you to design your own stiky link. if this sounds hard, don`t sweat it cause it isn`t. i guess i can`t really explain it any better right now, so i`ll just start posting. please leave your comments if you think this system is better or whatever.

see ya, thank you for reading, and as always if you have a mnemonic, POST IT!!! even if you think its dumb (those are usually the best ones).

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Notes on my Japanese mnemonics (READ ME FIRST)

July 20, 2006 at 6:00 am | Posted in Read Me First | 4 Comments

First of all, thanks for visiting this site. I hope this will help you in your quest to learn Japanese, or even if it doesn’t and you don’t get any of my mnemonics, thanks for visiting anyway.

A couple notes –

1. I write the Japanese pronunciation in Romaji. This might be different then pronunciation that you are used to. It’s very simple to learn, click here to go to a good webpage with more information on Romaji. Of course the best way would be to look in a Japanese dictionary with hiragana / katakana, or ask a Japanese speaker.

2. These are mnemonics that work for me, they may not work for you at all. Hopefully though you’ll get some good ideas for making up your own. And if you do, leave a comment with them and I’ll probably post it so others can read! Share your mnemonics!

3. Pay special attention to the pronunciation at the start of the post, it may be a little different then what the story would have you literally remember. You’ll see what I mean if you read some.

4. IMPORTANT – Verbs on this site are written in dictionary form, which means to find the polite form you will have to conjugate them. I tell you this so you do not accidentally disrespect someone by using the impolite / peer form of a verb. You can find alot of good information about Japanese verbs, including how to conjugate them, on this about.com site.

Tips – Try to visualize the story happening, the colors, the details, the action actually playing itself out. The more detailed you make it in your head, the easier it will be to remember. At least I think so…

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