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What's the best way to remembering vocabulary?

Warehouse 13
Asked 5 years ago

I remember a lot of the Hiragana characters, but I'm having some trouble remembering the vocab. that goes with it. If anyone has some suggestions or ideas to better remember them, please tell me. It would really help. 

anki. or add them to your drills via the dictionary on this site.

Keith
Commented 5 years ago

I don't think u have to do anything like that , i write all the vocab of each lesson on a notepad and i read it 1-2 times , after that the drill repeatition will make sure u will never forget them.

BadSeed
Commented 5 years ago

Mnemonics? Try to link the Japanese sound to some English word. I had a lot of trouble with the two letter words until I decided above=weigh, say=ewww!, etc. But even without them eventually all the drills will get the words pounded into your head.

onestitchatatime
Commented 5 years ago

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I find trying to use new words as often as I can helps. Try actually using the words in conversation or if you're not quite there yet try making sentences in japanese using as many of your new words as you can whenever you can/when you come across them in drills. I find keeping the sentences interesting/odd helps too.

XV-Anarchist-VX
Answered 5 years ago

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I'm guessing one of the reasons why you forget words might be because you're not using them. Which is quite fair, unless you actually moved to Japan :) 

There are a few things I do to help myself learn words:
1) Actively tell your brain that the word you learn is not just some collection of sounds, but it's a meaning to an object you know other word for. Foreign languages often sound rather different from what we know already, and the combination of sounds is simply unfamiliar to our brain, therefore making it difficult to remember. When learning new word, try imagining the object/action in your head, so that you start making association in your brain that this is what it is.

2) Use it. This one is a bit difficult if you haven't reached basic sentences yet, but you can try making simple connections. For example: blue umbrella, red train station, tall dog and such. They might not make much sence, but might add some fun to learning process. And fun helps continuing :)

3) Write words down, use memory cards. Depending on how your brain likes memorizing, writting down could be another good way. I used to make memory cards myself (paper + sissors + pen), where I write Japanese on one side and English on the other. Then, I would shuffle the cards (both order, but also sides!) and take it as test: pick a card, write down what should be on the other side of it, put it away. Only do checking once you're done with a pile.

I tried using Anki, pretty good software. But ever since I started using Genki books, I switched to Memrise. I find the way Memrise works more comfortable and pleasent for my learning style.


Good luck! Ganbatte!


Elena
Answered 5 years ago

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 use the dictionary or print out vocabulary sheets to help you.  don't move on to the drills until u are sure you know the vocabulary!!!!

Emmachan
Answered 5 years ago