Updates and progress

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, so I’m just going to use today as a summary of my studies and also thinharrygs I’ll be writing about soon.

Over the last week or so I’ve managed to read a few interesting blog posts whose language tips that I’ve decided to try. One of these I found at http://www.smartlanguagelearner.com/experts-reveal-method-learning-vocabulary/

Lizzie Fane describes listening to an audio book in her own language whilst reading the book in the target language. She argues that you can experience a wide range of interesting vocabulary and also make progress in your learning. For me this sounds great. Not  necessarily due to the promises of vocabulary enrichment but rather that finding Japanese modern audiobooks is extremely difficult or crazily expensive. So this approach maybe one way in which I can use my Japanese books in a different way. I do like to listen to what I’m reading as I think it helps comprehension. But to read and listen in two different languages? That’s worth a try. Like Lizzie I’ll be using Harry Potter but for me this will be the Japanese text, English audio.


In two weeks time I’ll be posting about my experiences with the Goldlist method and Luca’s approach to language learning. I’m given it two more weeks because I will have ‘distilled’ my vocabulary lists for a third time and it will be great to see how it works out. I’ve posted about both methods already but visit hualiganov.tv/goldlist-eu/ for a detailed breakdown. Incidentally, for a good example with Chinese see Robert Genito’s approach which I’m trying to follow with Japanese and Chinese with a slight adaptation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4rvURH_P94

Anyhow, as far as my studies(?) are concerned, my Chinese has a simple but so far effective set-up. I’m dedicating as often as I can (work, grrr) to an hour a day. If I can’t manage this I always do ten words using iKnow. Though some have Thinking.44121810complained about the need to pay for this site I find it excellent as vocabulary is in context and Hanzi is presented as well as pinyin. The same is true for Japanese which I’ve been using for some time. I will post again on my Chinese schedule and how I’m using Skype to aid my understanding.

2 comments on “Updates and progress

  1. In my experience, extensive reading helps a lot. I came to know this group (http://www.seg.co.jp/sss/) in 2012 May. And then I started reading graded readers and books for native English-speaking children. Now I am able to read many original fiction books. By now, I have read more than 2 million words in English(Here is a list of the books I have read: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dgey0u1ot41p7hb/%E7%99%BE%E4%B8%87%E8%8B%B1%E8%AF%AD%E8%BF%9B%E5%BA%A6.xls). I agree to Anne Merritt’ method of learning vocabulary, to study it in context. As I read the “Little House on the Prairie” series, I came to know a whole bunch of new words. Because all of the 9 books are about prairie and frontier life, so many words are repeated again and again. And naturally I get to know them.
    And here is a interesting research:http://www.robwaring.org/er/what_and_why/er_is_vital.htm

    • Hi Richard_
      I think the seg website was really interesting – I haven’t seen anything like this to help in my study of Japanese or Chinese. I really like their three Golden rules and how they really emphasise just enjoy reading books. Wow! Your own booklist is very impressive. How long did it take before you could read Sherlock Holmes? I’m working through a Japanese version but I’m often stumbling over the Kanji. Did you read ‘David Copperfield’ as well? I really loved that book. Thank you so much for the final link you gave. I’m just reading through it at the minute and it’s already giving me lots of ideas. Lately Amazon have been selling fiction books in Japanese (I’m no where near ready to read books in Chinese 😦 ) for the Kindle (I’m using the Kindle app on my iPad). So, hopefully I can use all the ideas from the sites you’ve sent me and really increase my reading ability. Thank you for responding to my post and sharing such great ideas 🙂

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