Category: Journal


IM BAAAACKKKK

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!

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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The Beginning: 11/29/2010

I created my SRS deck yesterday and have 114 cards so far. Most (possibly all) of these are MCDs of Japanese though… I’m going to try and put in some more science and other cards later, mix it up a little, but I’ll probably do that tomorrow morning. I’m going to put another page up here for formatting SRS cards for some reference in case anyone wants to know. I plan on adding a lot more to this blog relatively soon, but I will try not to rush anything, as its just the first hour of operation [=.=]