Thursday, May 28, 2009

First light novel completed: 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱

Yo, I completed my first light novel: 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱

I started it 西暦2009年1月16日, so it been ~130 days. It has ~300 pages so it has taken me 2.3 pages per day.

I kinda expected more from myself. I could have done it much faster.

I was that slow during the beginning chapters, during my vacations, then I got slower. Then I stopped. Then I started to read it again and all I know is that only this week I read more than 50 pages (the end is quite exciting) until I finished it.

My reading pace totally change while reading the book. In the beginning it was a mental exercise. It took a while, but it finally turned into leisure. I noticed that observing my sleeping pattern. At first, when I read during the night, I'd lose my sleep. This also occurs quite often when I do programming or play a mental game like go at night: I totally lose my sleep if I perform a task for which I need concentration to complete.

But lately It has not been affecting my sleep anymore. Actually it helped me sleep, like when I read English or Portuguese before going to bed.


Ah, and the Joyo Stats of this week have a new twist. I've submitted a patch to anki to put the stats for the New Joyo list. Here is how it looks like:

Kanji statistics
The 3805 seen cards in this deck contain:
2257 total unique kanji.
Jouyou: 1935 of 1945 (99.5%).
Jinmeiyou: 47 of 248 (19.0%).
New Joyo: 95 of 191 (49.7%).
180 non-jouyou kanji.
Jouyou levels:
Grade 1: 80 of 80 (100.0%).
Grade 2: 160 of 160 (100.0%).
Grade 3: 200 of 200 (100.0%).
Grade 4: 199 of 200 (99.5%).
Grade 5: 185 of 185 (100.0%).
Grade 6: 180 of 181 (99.4%).
JuniorHS: 931 of 939 (99.1%).

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bilingual Sentences Source: Hideo Kojima

That's it!
小島秀夫 (こじま ひでお), the creator of Metal Gear and Zone of Enders, is learning English. And he has a blog! And he seems to be doing good!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Writing the compounds + anki stats

As a rule, I have trouble to write compounds.

This week, I tried to copy the senteces by hand during the reviews, and some I could, some I didn't.
I'd say I can write from memory only 30% of whan I can read.
But I don't think it would take much effort to learn how to write the rest.

I purposely ignored this until now and I plan to ignore it a little bit longer.
I have plans to go to Japan next year. If these plans get confirmed, I'll start copying every sentence during my reviews by hand.

If not, I'll continue with recognition only and I'll pray than production will come on its on. It is already comming, I just don't know how much I'll have to wait.

So, if you are in a hurry to write by hand, recognition only might not be for you.

Finally, the anki stats:

The 3526 seen cards in this deck contain:
2108 total unique kanji.
Jouyou: 1845 of 1945 (94.9%).
Jinmeiyou: 51 of 287 (17.8%).
212 non-jouyou kanji.
Jouyou levels:
Grade 1: 80 of 80 (100.0%).
Grade 2: 160 of 160 (100.0%).
Grade 3: 200 of 200 (100.0%).
Grade 4: 199 of 200 (99.5%).
Grade 5: 185 of 185 (100.0%).
Grade 6: 180 of 181 (99.4%).
JuniorHS: 841 of 939 (89.6%).

Sunday, May 10, 2009

How (fast) to remember compounds

I have great news for those who have already finished RTK. Remembering compounds is piece of cake.

Some will give you trouble but most of them stick after the first few reviews, for life. Much, much easier than RTK.

But as it is so easy, I did not developed a method. I go through them randomly, as I encounter them. If I fail remembering them twice, I make a place mnemonic (like in the movie method) and go on. Simple as that.

I have no data to show how fast I remember them, but I remember that there were times that I added comfortably 100+ sentences/day. I never could do it with RTK, so do your math.

But I still have something to point out.

First, you need to find room for the readings in your brain, just like the primitives in RTK.

When you first encounter a new reading, it will bog you down. It'll take some time to get used and after some time, it will be part of you and it will help you go forward.

I think this readings are connected with how much you listen to them. Kanjis with reading しょう、かん、けん readings are numerous. You listen to it all the time. You will build a kanji framework for them quickly.

If you looked from a "grammar" perspective, they would be the hardest. Most readings share kanji that look a lot alike to each other, but these are very very irregular.

But that is not what happened to me.
They are the easiest to remember.