3 Replies ・ Started by acchan at 2017-01-06 06:53:16 UTC ・ Last reply by shikyaku at 2017-01-17 17:37:39 UTC

How to learn vocabulary? And Japanese as a whole. . .

I'm having a little bit of a problem with learning vocabulary. I learn it from dictionary because I tried methods like flash cards and other memorisation tricks, but nothing works for me. I simply read words from dictionary and memorise them. If I can't simply remember some words, I would repeat them until they sound logic to me. How do you learn vocab and Japanese as a whole?

digorydoo at 2017-01-06 10:20:04 UTC

Hi acchan! I'm currently analysing the fairy tale Urashima Taro (https://helpwithlearningjapanese.tumblr.com/post/111688640029/urashima-taro). I look up all the words I don't know, and try to understand the story. I also listen to the Japanese audio (http://hukumusume.com/douwa/pc/jap/07/01.htm). Generally, I don't usually learn words systematically (even though this might be a good thing). Rather, I try to immerse myself in the language. I also watch Japanese anime (for instance Conan Future Boy, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urbSkBeECjg) and try to pick up words. Moreover, the free lessons from Japanese 101 are very useful (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MHvK2DLcOM). Hope this helps!

realmota at 2017-01-15 11:02:46 UTC

Thanks, this will help a lot.

shikyaku at 2017-01-17 17:37:39 UTC

What is your kanji level like? If you don't know many kanji, then I would suggest starting some kind of structured kanji course. Kanji is one of the best ways to build your vocabulary, particularly when you include writing practice as part of your studies. Of course you should include audio visual material, as suggested above, but don't neglect the written side of Japanese. It is a key to gaining a deeper understanding of the language.

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