多読の日誌 Extensive reading Journal: Day 4

So It’s been a few days since I read in Japanese again. However yesterday I read two story books.

The first is: かちかち山

かちかち山 多読

This is a story about a 狸 and an ウサギ. It has 13 pages. This brings my total to 64.

The second book I read is: 悪魔の散歩
悪魔の散歩 多読

The book is about an 悪魔 who comes out of the sewers for a while. This book also has 13 pages. So I’ve read a total of 77 pages so far.

Korean TPRS Story: The bus ran at light speed! 버스는 빛의 속도로 달렸기때문에요!

Korean TPRS Black Board - Light speed bus.
It’s been a while since I’ve met up with my Korean tutor. She is so wonderful! She’s probably the best Korean teacher in Korea because she knows how to teach with TPRS.

She doesn’t have a certificate or a Masters in teaching Korean. If she had one, maybe she would be too stubborn to learn the real secrets of language acquisition. Input based teaching is the most powerful way to get the student fluent and speaking spontaneously. So many people just don’t understand this.

To prove my point, if you have an hour to kill and you don’t know any Russian, watch this video:

Okay, so how much Russian did you learn?

Compare that to an hour of TTMIK podcast. Which do you think is better?

I’d pick story telling any day of the week over boring explanations of grammar from people who have no clue about language acquisition.

The one and only one way we learn language is when we understand messages. I understood 100% of the story we made together today. We only spent 30 minutes making the story today. Just look at how much we were able to create!

Last week in my city hall class, we learned phrases and vocabulary for riding the bus, the train, airplane and boat. I actually forgot a lot of those phrases now. Mostly because it was boring and painful. “Practice with the person next to you!” (and then she proceeds to speak in Korean assuming we understand what she’s saying.) She often goes out of bounds with words (Says things we don’t know or won’t know.)

Don’t get me wrong, I love the class and get lots of input from the teacher. She is really smart and explains the grammar well. But as for language acquisition the way the class is taught is slow and a bit painful.

Okay, enough of my rant. Just to show you how much we can accomplish in 30 minutes with my TPRS tutor, here is the story from today’s Korean class:

지난 일요일에, 한 승객이 버스정류장 앞에 서있었어요. 그 승객은 10시간 동안 서서 버스를 기다렸어요.
잠시 후에 빠른 버스가 왔어요. 하지만 불행하게도 그 승객은 버스를 타지 못했어요.
왜냐하면 그 버스는 빛의 속도로 달렸기때문에요.
그 승객은 버스를 타기위해서 같이 빛의 속도로 달리기 시작했어요.
갑자기 누군가가 소리쳤어요. “할머니!! 뛰지마세요”
할머니는 멈췄어요. 한 경찰관이 할머니 앞으로 다가왔어요.

Here is my translation:

Last Sunday, a passenger was standing at the bus stop. This passenger waited for the bus for 10 hours. After that, a fast bus came. But unfortunately, this passenger could not ride the bus. This is because that bus ran by at the speed of light. That passenger started to run along with the bus at light speed in order to ride it(the bus). Suddenly someone cried out “Granny! Don’t run!” The grandmother stopped. A police officer came up close in front of the grandmother.

多読の日誌 Extensive reading Journal: Day 2 and 3

Yesterday, I didn’t do much reading. I read a short 5 page story called “おばあさんと医者” where an old lady was tricked by a doctor who stole all of her paintings on the walls.

Today, however, I read “The Emperor’s New Clothes” or “裸の王様” (The Naked King). It was pretty good. It was only 15 pages, though. I read it all on the bus ride home from my Korean class.

裸の王様 The Naked King

So my grand total number of pages read for this month is 51.  Now time for bed.

多読の日誌 Extensive reading Journal: Day 1

Well, since I’ll be going to Japan soon, I want to level up my Japanese.

For this I will be tracking my reading in my blog. This blog isn’t just for TPRS or story making. It’s just a general blog for myself, and I happen to really love foreign languages. 😀 I’m really happy that I’m able to teach languages and learn here in Korea.

Recently I’ve been attending the city hall classes in Ulsan. They are going well. I mostly like the social aspects of the class environment. We only meet once a week, so I’m not sure how much my Korean will improve due to the class. But every little bit helps.

Now, onto my Tadoku (extensive reading).

For those of you who don’t know what Tadoku (多読)많이 일기 or extensive reading is, it is a way of reading to gain reading fluency while picking up vocabulary through context. Mostly reading fluency is built up. You want to acquire the vocabulary slowly through reading.

Here are the simple rules for extensive reading:

Rule 1: Read at an easy level.
Maybe 1 or 2 levels below what you think you can read. How do you know what you can read? If you find more than 4 words on the page that you don’t know, it’s probably too hard for extensive reading. However if there are 5 or 6 and you enjoy the content so much, just keep on reading it.

Rule 2: Read without a dictionary.
This goes along with rule 1. The thing is you want to read a lot and quickly. You want to speed up your reading pace. if you spend an hour reading a page and looking up the words, this is not extensive reading. This is intensive reading. Intensive reading is great, but that is for building vocabulary and working on translation skills. Extensive reading is building fluency skills. You will notice how sentences are put together and see patterns over and over. That is what you want with extensive reading. With intensive reading you will read too slow to acquire the patterns quickly enough.

Rule 3: Skip over the stuff you don’t know or are not sure of.
This was the most freeing thing I noticed while doing extensive reading. It’s okay to just move on. You’ll be a faster reading by not getting hung up on a few words or phrases. As the story progresses the meaning of those words may come to you. It happens often, actually.

Rule 4: If the book is boring, change it!
No seriously, this is meant to be pleasure reading in the foreign language. The key to learning is to make things interesting. If it’s painfully boring, go on to something else. Your brain will soak up interesting content, and try to block out the boring stuff. It’s science!

So those are the rules. What did I read today?

Well, I went to the most wonderful place in Tokyo last october and bought some self published books especially made for language learners of Japanese. Here is their website. NPO多言語多読

I’ve read all of their books already, but I stopped reading Japanese extensively and I feel it really just killed my progress. You gotta keep that language running through your head, and extensive reading is a fabulous way to do just that. It’s like boiling water. If you keep on taking the pot off the fire, it won’t boil.

Book 1
So… here is my fire: ジャックと豆の気

ジャっくと豆の気

I read this book today. Man, I really missed reading in Japanese. This book has a total of 17 pages.

Book 2
My other fire: ヘンザルとクレーテル

ヘンザルとグレーテル

I also read this book right after. It has a total of 14 pages.

Therefore today, I read 31 pages of Japanese. Not bad! And now it’s time for my Japanese lesson. Until tomorrow!