June 23, 2010
Wow, I haven’t spent all that long playing with Anki, but this thing is VERY powerful. I’m surprised that this thing can do audio too, I might even start recording my own pronunciation tracks. =P
I think with the pre-made decks, plus my own ability to start pulling content that’s new/common from the Internet, this is likely to become my next major tool for learning Japanese. Sure, it doesn’t have lists of vocabulary for me to learn, but people have already created those for me to download. Everything from 8555 Example sentences taken from a popular set of dictionaries to sentences/vocabulary specifically built around each JLPT level (and absurd amounts of Kanji decks).
It’s kind of funny that I’ve been using it so long, and didn’t really bother to check out everything I can do with it. I just wanted a basic flashcard program, no bells or whistles, but with some prep, this might just speed my language learning back up. It’s very frustrating to have it slow to a crawl like this, so I’m going to get to work on creating some fancy custom lessons. Granted, it’s still not as good of a method as the one provided by Yan and the Japanese People, but I don’t think I’ll ever find a language learning tool that I like as much as those. =P
Well, as much as I’d like to try creating something fancy, which I have no doubt will help with reviewing how easy it is to use, it’s getting late/early here. おやすみなさい！ =D
June 22, 2010
Course, now I need to figure out how to do that. =P I guess I’ll just have to pick something to rant about. =P
So, what will my topic be? Learning Japanese, actually. Well, not learning the language, more about the lack of ability to learn the language. I’ve checked out a lot of these different programs, hoping to find something made for a person at my skill level, and it just doesn’t exist. It’s almost like the entire market is designed with the idea of teaching the basics, and they pretty much forgot everything else.
Oh sure, I can still learn Kanji, pick up new words, even start watching/conversing in Japanese, but my progression with the language dropped by a staggering amount. There’s just something lacking in this method, it’s too haphazard. =\
So, what do I plan on doing about it? Well, I’m gonna fiddle around with Anki some more tomorrow, see if that’ll help things out. If it doesn’t, once I finish this review (and possibly sooner), I’m going to start combing the Internet for something that’ll take the place of my old lessons. It’s not that I don’t enjoy learning the language the way I am, I just feel like I’m not getting enough done.
So, now that my rant is over with, it’s about time for me to be heading off. I might get started on my Anki review tomorrow, but no promises. =P おやすみなさい！ =D
June 21, 2010
Sorry, but it has to be done. I have to get up early tomorrow, and I’ve stayed up too late as it is. I promise to come up with something better tomorrow night. おやすみなさい！ =D
June 20, 2010
Kind of strange, but I don’t know how late I want to stay up, and I’d rather not have to worry about coming up with an entertaining post while checking out the program. =P
So, looks like I get to entertain you with what I’m about to do. Alright, that might not be the best idea. =P Well, now that I’m getting some more free time, I’m thinking about actually finishing and posting that pen-pal ad. =P Yeah, I kind of forgot about that for a while. *whistles innocently*
It’s actually kind of funny, my current language exchange partner mailed me 23 days after I sent her an e-mail, and she apologized about not having sent anything in so long. So, I write a reply about how I didn’t mind, and still offered to make some recordings to help her practice (even though she already took the test). Well, it’s now been 16 days since I sent that e-mail, and again I’ve gotten no response. I mean, it would be one thing, if I was the person that re-contacted her, but it’s funny to me that she would do that just to vanish again. =P
Alright, I want to get to work on Anki while I still have time tonight, so I’m off. おやすみなさい！ =D
June 19, 2010
And I’ve still got some stuff to do before I can head to sleep, so I’ll try not to make this post too long.
Well, I didn’t fiddle around with Anki today. I actually had a chance to, but I ended up watching Kaze No Stigma instead. It’s actually a pretty decent little show, but I think they’re trying too hard with the comedy. That actually seems to be a rather large problem with Shounen in general, so I guess I can’t complain too much.
Shounen has always been a bit of a weakness of mine. I don’t really have a good excuse for enjoying it, I just do. Course, what makes me sad is when I run out of Shounen. Seems kind of silly, but it can be hard to find a decent one to watch. Like Bleach, a lot of people swear by it, but I just can’t bother. I’m not entirely sure what it is, it’s almost like they took the Dragon Ball Z formula of MASSIVE leaps in power, and then they suddenly forget they did that, trying to hand wave away what happened with some sort of bad excuse. I think the moment Byakuya threatened to kill Ichigo, after losing to him about 1 week prior to that in show time, really ended the show for me (also, I really hate the voice acting, both English and Japanese).
Ah Dragon Ball, I really do miss you. =P
Alright, I’ve got some stuff I’m going to try to do tomorrow, but I should be able to fit in playing with Anki, for now it’s off to bed. おやすみなさい！ =D
June 18, 2010
I have just recieved 3 spam comments on my most recent post complaining about spam. =P
Well, today was the last day of E3. So, what were my overall thoughts? Just when I thought Nintendo was going to be owned by the Move, the 3DS makes a really impressive showing. I don’t really care how impressive the 3d is, it’s the sheer power of the hand-held that makes me think they’ll do well.
Kinect, just seems like a joke to me. I mean, half of the games coming out for it really remind me of the early Webcam games (like playing basket ball on your monitor). It doesn’t help when they have people on stage acting out what’s going on screen rather than actually have the Kinect doing something (I’m looking at you Star Wars demo). I think the biggest joke is the price. $150, may sound pretty good if you’ve got 4 people to play with, but for anyone who doesn’t, it’s more like a slap in the face.
Games, I was fairly disappointed in this year. Lots of sequels, and most of the new games didn’t seem to bring anything new or exciting (Never Dead, etc). Now, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is probably the only game I’ll be excited to pick up around Christmas (I think that’s when they said it would be released). 40 playable characters (including all the Peins), added a new combo system onto the game, Online multiplayer (including international matches), plus during the gameplay segment with Gamespot (or was it IGN?) they were talking about doing some sort of online mission/ranking system. That’s pretty much everything I asked for the first game to be. =P
Alright, now onto my Japanese. I have been studying my Kanji, but I didn’t spend as much time with it today as I should have. I’ve still got a lot of stuff to do tomorrow, but I should be able to start looking over Anki, so I can get started on my reviews again.
Alright, that’s it for me! おやすみなさい！ =D
June 17, 2010
What can I say, I’m a boring kind of guy. =P
I actually had a surprisingly easy day today, but tomorrow looks like it’s going to make up for it, as I have quite a bit to get done.
Well, I spent some time going over E3’s latest offerings, and I’m not really impressed so far. Ah well, what can you do? =P
Alright, keeping this one short too. おやすみなさい！ =D