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I'm finding it very difficult to learn vocabulary alongside hiragana; any tips?

sichinumi
Asked 7 years ago

I can memorize hiragana, and I've been making a bit of progress there, but my progress halts completely as soon as I try to memorize vocabulary at the same time. Does anyone have any tips to help me out? Should I go learn hiragana on my own before attempting to learn vocabulary?

You can combine learning alphabet with learning vocabulary. Simply grab a pencil, piece of paper and write the words over and over again. Like that: word pronunciation meaning x repeat until you remember example あき aki autumn x repeat until you remember If that's too boring, you can always doodle. Draw something next to every new word you learn, it's called learning-by-association.

nrexplain
Commented 7 years ago

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Unfortunately this website's limited practice makes it a bit of a long process to learn material solely off drills alone. I've been taking notes of the lesson material as i go along so i have more material.

Personally i learned kana by assigning myself a set a day/week (depending on your schedule) and reviewing them via flash cards, and writing them a few times off and on through the day, slowly adding to the pool.

However once i found http://www.realkana.com/ I was able to zoom right through them. it is essentially a flash card like browser thing, that will go through any kana you select in their respective groups, even combination sounds (the arrows may be easy to miss at first). You type the romaji equivalent into the field and it will move to the next one if you are right. tells you the answer if you mouse over it, and how many you have gotten right/wrong in a session. I used to time myself and watch myself improve.

Emberturmoil
Answered 7 years ago

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We are certainly going to be adding some games and activities to assist in practice.  Real time chat with text and voice with others with quick dictionary lookups (very cool) and multiplayer games to help practice and score more points (and destroy your opponent!)  All coming down the pipeline.  Along with custom user study lists for personal vocabulary lists that you can share with others.  :)  We're thinking of you!

Taylor
Answered 7 years ago

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Lots of repetition is important for learning hiragana, katakana and kanji. It is particularly hard at the beginning, because in a way, your brain is also learning "how to learn Japanese characters." It will get easier, it just takes repetition. And like Taylor said, once the games start coming out they will be a very useful tool to give yourself that extra repetition on what you need!

Snowman
Answered 7 years ago

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the way i do it is make my own flash cards i write the characters on one side and the ramiji and the pronoucation right by the ramiji i do that for every single hiragana and vocab but i warn you now ive gone through 2 whole stacks of note cards and then some JUST for hiragana although you zoom through the note cards it DOES help a lot and you can always go through them when ever you have free time 

狐の火
Answered 7 years ago