Category: General


I have seen and heard many people ask this question about certain parts of a language, and the answer to everyone is simple.

See more examples of it in a sentence.

There have been many times where I don’t exactly know what a word means, but a faint gist is enough to get me to use it correctly at the right time, with the right surrounding words.

With that said, you don’t ever have to know what any word means, definition-wise, but only when and how to use it. For example, can you explain “the”, “and”, and “a” to anyone? It’s very difficult, yet you know exactly when and how to use them, and what nuances they change in the meaning of a sentence.

Make it of utmost importance to get more examples. Expose yourselves to more of the troubling particle or word, and it will all become clear with time. Don’t worry about when or how, just expose yourself and all will become clear when it needs to be.

Happy Travels! [^.^]

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Okay, its been quite a few weeks, and I am finally back. I have obtained a netbook somehow, and it does everything I need it to in order to continue my language learning processes. I have almost downloaded all the programs I need in order to fly through everything… And with that, a new language post!

12-22 Update

So, I am currently using surusu to multiple-study french, spanish, and some other third, undetermined language as of late. Determination of third language will be ased on usefulness/novelty [sounds fun]. All from my android phone! Man, I really need to ask Khatz if he could make surusu a little more mobile-friendly…
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Update

Sorry people of the interwebs, I have been slacking in the way of posts here, but you have not missed out on anything, for the project had to be put on hold for a bit… but! It shall continue this week, so mever fear! \[!,!]/

I had typed this entire post up, and clicked save draft, only to have it be erased. Therefore, I shall do only a brief summary, as the post was over 350 words….. [T.T]

Using MCDs for a while now, I believe that it is possible to study multiple languages at once, with little to no crossover (as long as you do not output too early!) using these powerful study tools. I believe this because of the whole “context” idea of the cards. Since everything is in context, when you do get to speak to a person in your L2 (or L3) you should have no mixups because the conversation will be in the context of that language, which you should have studied in a way that you were not learning the same words at the same time in both languages, so you will not associate them together in an unhealthy way (causing mixups).

However, theory is just theory, and theory produces nothing in and of itself, so I shall start a project, studying two languages at once, but using English as the base language for both (the language I study in), and not Japanese (laddering). I shall start Cantonese, because I have no past experience with it, and also it has a great amount of interesting material, and I also love the way the language sounds. It’ll be hard formatting the cards at first, so… If anyone out there has already started Cantonese with MCDs, or if you already learned it and know about MCDs and would like to let me know how you would format it if you had it back when, that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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[Update: Due to the diminished access to a real computer, I have opted to place cantonese on hold, as ankionline does not currently support sounds, which are crucial to the learning of the language. I have opted for strengthening my spanish in the meantime while I gather some resources for a new computer]

I have finally broken down and started using Ankiweb.net to review my cards when away from the computer…. It’s turned out pretty well, I must say… I dont hate it as much as I used to, maybe I was being unreasonable? Anyway, Anki online is a plus for when you’re away from your computing devices.

As for right now, I shall be making MCDs of Tae Kim’s Grammar Guide, and possibly in between I’ll be making MCDs of random Japanese I find in case I get bored.

At the same time, I will have Japanese audio playing on InfiniteYouTube.com

Whatever you do, make sure you have fun in it!

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