15 June 2017 @ 09:50 am
I'm getting a 3-year degree (Bachelor's degree) in Japanese here in Sweden (the school's name is Högskolan Dalarna), and since I couldn't really find any info on what a university degree in Japanese is like I wrote this up for anyone else who might be interested. I also took 2 courses of Japanese in the USA almost 10 years ago so I'll write about that experience too. If you've taken courses yourself, please comment with in what country you live in and how they were!

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...I figure that someone somewhere wants samples of some of the homework I was given each semester / of my final essays, so I'll go see what I have left and ZIP them up and put them here eventually.
My general advice for all classes:
1. If you own a physical book, write in the pronunciations/meanings of words you forget in the margins of the text using an erasable pen. So say you don't know 犬, once you look it up write "dog イヌ" or something. It's not cheating, it's smart studying and saves a ton of time in the end.

2. Always translate the reading exercises/dialogues (and in the case of short story class, the stories) before they're brought up in class as best you can. This way you remember their contents way better. You'll likely translate stuff wrong but a half-wrong translation is still super helpful.

3. If you're reading a manga, watch the anime and/or read the scanlations beforehand, and listen to the drama CD. If it's a short story, hunt around for someone else's translation.

4. For memorizing individual kanji meanings, replace words in sentences, stories and paragraphs with them. Ex. "I like eating dogs" becomes "私 好 食ing 犬s". I've done this with fanfics for example. For handwriting kanji, convert everything to a handwriting font and write down the kanji once each time it comes up in reading.
15 June 2017 @ 10:42 am
Greetings members! I'm a bad mod, but I'm surprised and happy to see that there's a few people on our member list now.

Since I'm a very slow and inactive user, we now have a second mod of the community, [personal profile] lusentoj. We're best friends and roommates IRL and have both been learning Japanese on and off for some time. He's very interested in alternative study methods and memorisation techniques, as well as etymology and decoding grammar, so I'm sure he'll be happy to talk with those of you struggling with remembering kanji, or kunyomi/onyomi readings, etc. (I'm more of a "intake media in the target language and naturally learn all the common stuff" and "I already gave up on kanji 10 years ago" type of person.)

Feel free to contact him as well as me if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the community. PMs are fine, comments are fine. Since I work long days and barely have time to go online right now, please don't think you're being ignored if it takes some time to get an answer.

We're planning on changing the community layout soon, to make it more accessible for users like lusentoj (who is visually impaired). If you have any suggestions or requests about anything to do with the comm, leave a comment.