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Vocab Problems

Dave
Asked 5 years ago

みな、

I'm having some problems with remembering some of the vocab that "sounds" and "looks" alike..


I believe the ones are house, say, and to meet

(いえ,いう,あう)

 

Does anyone have any tricks to rememebr these.. if not... it's repetition city for me :)

Japanese is such a contextual language I find it helps to memorise the kanji, pronunciation and phrases you'll most likely use/hear the word in, e.g. Go-ryoushin no ie-wa sugoi ookii (His/her/your parents live in an amazingly large house) Nyuu Oodaa to iu bando ga suki (I like a band called New Order)* Ashita kanojo to au (I'm meeting up with my girlfriend tomorrow) Of course you could combine all the foregoing into one sentence if you fancy more of a challenge: Tomodachi no ie de, Yamada Yukie to iu yumeijin to atta. (I met a celebrity named Yukie Yamada at my friend's house). Mnemonic devices are alright but I've found when actually speaking with people you tend to waste a lot of precious time thinking 'oh right so what was the rhyme or riddle or whatever' so I've started avoiding them. At any rate, learning a language is a process of learning words, grammar and concepts and then forgetting them, then learning them again as many times as necessary until you don't have to think about what you're saying. So stick with it, the words you've described are so common after a bit more time studying you'll have forgotten the fact you ever had trouble with them. *It's a bit more advanced this grammar point, but basically XYZ plus [to iu noun] equals noun called XYZ. PS Just a quick correction but best to use 'mina-san' in the original message as you don't know who you're potentially addressing.

番長
Commented 5 years ago

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Commented 5 years ago

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I like to think of stupid ways to help me remember the words :)

いえ(home) --> Sounds like いいえ (no). At home I like to say 'no' all the time.

いう (to say) --> The letters I and U. I say to U that you're awesome :)

あう (to meet) --> Sounds like 'Auw' (the sound you make when you're hurt). When you meet bad people you'll get hurt and say 'auw'. 

 

Hope this helps!

Rawstyle
Answered 5 years ago

thos are all REALLY good mnemonics .. I will definitely try them!

Dave
Commented 5 years ago

Just thought i would let you know.. my most recent drills.. were much better with these little shortcuts

Dave
Commented 5 years ago

Glad to hear they helped :)

Rawstyle
Commented 5 years ago

My senpai uses almost exact same mnemonics as I do, yay!

Ordinaripoju
Commented 5 years ago