Starting Anki again in Japanese

A few days ago I had an Anki screen that looked like this:

Anki Screen Shot 1


Now some people can do like 2000 Anki cards in an hour. That’s not me. in 15 minutes, I can do about 20 to 25 cards. That’s for right now. And it all depends on where I am with the cards. A lot of these cards I’m really rusty on because it’s been so long since I’ve seen them. So it takes me longer to review because I’m doing a lot of re-learning.

I’m surprised I remember a lot of these.  Sometimes the meaning will come to me right away and I’ll get confused on the reading. Sometimes the reading will come to me right away and I’ll have no idea what it means. Other times it takes about 20 or 30 seconds of looking at it and re-reading it to get it right, or to know that I don’t know it.


Back onto Anki and Rescheduling GMS.

Well, I wasn’t completely off. I got interested in getting back onto my Anki cards. I knocked out quite a few over the days, and today I want to knock out quite a bit more so I can start studying Japanese grammar hardcore like I did with the vocabulary last spring.

I was really focused, and I noticed significant gains in my progress. But I stopped mid summer till now. This was when I got back onto Korean. I’m still going to follow through with Korean, but I’ll have to do it on my off periods at work. That’s where it would do most good because I’m in a Korean environment hearing Korean everywhere anyways. I’m not motivated to learn Korean when I get home. I want to learn Japanese when I get back home with all of my Japanese materials staring me in the face.

In fact, I’m more interested in now to follow through with the German Volume Method. I need to keep on building that foundation. There’s so many things that I want to do, but it feels like there’s so little time. I have to focus on building up the foundation more and more. I’ll have to do something with the NHK news as well. That will have a lot of the foundational words that I need.

And also, I have to just plough through the Kanji-pro book. I’m on that plateau and the only way to really raise myself up is to work harder. Not only that, I have to work smarter. I’ll set a 15 minute timer on Activities with a 5 minute break. We’ll track the progress here and see what happens.

When I’ve done timeboxing before, It’s worked so much better than not having any plan at all.

There’s so many books and things I want to watch and do in Japanese, but in order to really enjoy them I have to have the basics. The foundation is paramount to my success.

Also, I’ve had these right-brained study approaches  on my mind as well. I’ll have to set up time use the Growing Participator Approach (GPA) with my wife.

I’ll have to describe those things as well and track them in a book. Whenever I tracked my progress (like with the German Volume Method) my progress was steady and I kept on improving everyday.

Time for some more Anki with a quick blog post on my report to follow. 🙂

GMS Korean: Day 4

Today seemed a little daunting. The first few sentences were pairs of phrases that go together. But honestly, It wasn’t that much more difficult. And it didn’t really have a lot. But I’m glad that it’s slowing getting more and more complex. And also, I’m getting lots of practice with simple and functional things. This is how real Koreans speak. And you’ll get a lot of different registers. It’s just like how Korean is. There’s no other way to put it.

I took a 5 minute break halfway through the dictation and right after the dictation as well. After recording, I feel alright. But I didn’t want to do the recording today. However, I went through it slowly and I went over the harder parts. I see an improvement for sure. I’ve decided to listen to the GSR right before I go to bed.

That’s all for now. Here’s a sample of today’s practice.

GMS Korean: Day 3

Today I started a little bit earlier and had more time to practice the sentences and record my voice. I feel the hard things are becoming easier for me. I’m also discovering things that I was confident on are not as developed as I would like.

I was a little unmotivated today. When I was studying Korean I kept telling myself it would only be an hour and I could get back to hacking away on Anki with Japanese. But once I broke into the book, it was quite fun. I felt things going quicker, and I could pick out the words better from the native speaker.

I have been learning Korean off and on for a while now, so I couldn’t tell you if a beginner would have the same results on the third day. I don’t think a beginner could get through the first 50 by the third day. Though I can’t call myself an intermediate. My lexus is very limited at best.

Anyways, today it took me around 24 minutes to do dictation. This is quite a bit shorter than yesterday. That’s where I noticed the most gains. But hey, it’s only day 3. I just hadn’t written Korean in a while so that’s why it took me so long on the first couple of days.

Here’s today’s recording. I still have that throat thing like everyone else around this area. And also, I’m a still a bit tired. After listening to the recording I can see where my pronunciation is off. 배고파 sounds like 배고바 :/

But the one thing I did do this time was very useful. I took a walk right after dictation. Just a short walk down the road and picked myself up a can of tea.

Taking a break is crucial to learning. I watched a youtube video with a professor on how to study. He said you need to take a 5 minute break for every 25 minutes of study. Otherwise your attention and focus fall dramatically.

I’ll keep these breaks in mind tomorrow. 🙂

GMS Korean: Day 2

GlossikaKoreanToday I did the mass sentences a little bit later than yesterday. I started around 7pm and ended a little at 8:25.

I’ll admit I did the recording when I was a little bit tired. Also, my throat is all blocked up with phlegm. Yummy!

I’ll have to take back what I said about the sentences being too casual with little regard to register. It switches between many different registers, so you get used to saying different ones at different times. I was just surprised to see 이야 and 이다. I hear it all the time, but I rarely read it in a Korean textbook. Especially at the start.

Glossika does seem to be more realistic about how people actually speak.

Here’s my embarrassing recording for today. YAY! I mean, it’s not terrible.. but oh geeze do I sound tired and slow. Yuck!

GMS Korean: Day 1

GlossikaKoreanI just finished today’s study block for the Glossika Mass Sentence course for Korean. I feel kind of tired right now.

What did I do?

From 5:03 – 5:13pm I listened to the sentences while looking over the pdf.

Then I did dictation and went over all of them again until 5:50. This was the slowest and hardest part. I found myself making lots of mistakes, but I understood my mistakes. Korean isn’t always written like how it is actually pronounce. There are many words that you simply must know and can’t just write it down without knowing the spelling.

After dictation I listened to the GSR Day 1 until 5:56.

And then I read over a few more things in the PDF to see what to do next and set up my recording software to record my voice. Before I recorded, I went over the whole GMS day 1 again and tried to mimic/shadow the Korean. Then I recorded. I did it three times, but I kept the 2nd one. By the third one I was way too tired and quit half way.

Looking back on today’s work, I should take short breaks between each step. I shouldn’t plow through the whole thing, or I’ll burn out.

Here’s my recording for today. Not bad, but I know where a lot of my mistakes are. I still have trouble with ㅡ ㅓ and ㅗ sometimes.

Glossika Mass Sentences: Korean


I have recently acquired the Glossika Mass Sentences course for Korean, and pre-ordered (at a special price) the Japanese version too.

I find it quite impressive. It’s sentence drilling that’s finely structured. I’m finding that some of the sentences are very conversational based. You have to be careful to use the right register in Korean, but honestly, I know how to use the right register. That’s not my problem. My problem is fluency and also vocabulary. With a fluency first attitude, this course comes roaring in with guns blazing.

This course is not for beginners. It’s definitely for those who’ve had a few language courses or at least a year or two of self study in Korean.  If you can read Korean quickly, it’s even better. If not, it seems not be a problem, but I don’t have that perspective to make that claim.

In the course he gives you a few ways to drill yourself. And also, he gives you a spaced repetition track to for the sentences. He encourages dictation and substitution drills on the GSM. There are is a A, B, and C track for each group of sentences. The A track is a straight up English and Korean pair. Track B has the pair with a space in between which is perfect for interpreting and checking. And finally, there is a straight up Korean only track.

I finished reading the intro to the course in the PDF and I’ll start tomorrow while writing about the experience. It should be interesting. It shouldn’t take a little more than an hour of my time per day, but I think I’ll find out for sure tomorrow.

What’s gonna happen to my Japanese?

Well, I’m not going to abandon Japanese either. Infact, most of my study time will be spent on Japanese. But I’m thinking of restructuring my study a little smarter. This GSM has given me some more motivation. There’ll be more on that tomorrow.