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Proverbs ことわざ

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Journal for 2005-11-29 Tue..
Weather: Sunny Plan: Akagi JHS

We learned about proverbs today in the 9th grade elective English class. I think it is important for anyone learning English, or any language for that matter, to study and know proverbs. It is hard for me to remember them though. They go in one ear and out the other, but I will try hard to remember them. Actually, these days I have a hard time retaining anything I learn, so my studying power is slowly decreasing. I don't know what to do about it.

天気: 晴 行事: 赤来中


Today's Kanji
Meaning (意味): work

Chinese Reading (音読み):
Reading Romaji
Japanese Reading (訓読み):
Reading Romaji
Vocabulary (単語):
Word Reading Romaji Translation
働くはたらくhatarakuto work
労働ろうどうroudoumanual labor
稼働かどうkadouoperation (of a machine)

Trevor Lalish-Menagh
  • It's scary, not being able to retain what you study as well, huh? I think the same thing is happening to me. The only solution I've found so far is to study more. I wouldn't mind trying one of those natural memory booster type things, I don't remember which herbs are good for that though. The chemical ones scare me, or at least, I'd rather avoid those options.
    • Mark my words.
      I'm not kidding.

      Ginko is supposed to be good for your memory.

      I'm sure there are other herbs and whatever that are supposed to be good for memory, but whatever. Also, if you're not retaining something by rote-drilling (flash-cards, repetition, etc) you should probably try and find another way to study.

      My friend chichibabin needed to memorize a bunch of unrelated facts about a bunch of different viruses, so he assigned digits to each fact, filled in binary data for each digit (Is it green? 1/0... is it RNA? 1/0 (I really have no idea what the features in question were... I'm not a med-student)) and then just had to memorize one number between 1-128 (or something like that) and then do the binary math to extract the string of 1s and 0s, and then remember which digit applied to which feature. This is probably no less work than just slamming through the memorization, but it stuck better, and the variety of tasks helped him retain his concentration (so he wasn't looking at flashcards for 11 hours... he spent 2 hours developing the system, 2 hours converting into binary, 1 hour converting to decimel, 5 hours memorizing decimel values for each viron, 1 hour making sure he remembered everything about his own system, etc)

      So... I'm not saying that you should use binary to learn your Japanese, just... try and find another way to approach the problem to introduce a bigger variety of activities into your studies... and to point out how awsome chichibabin is.
      • That is awesome! What a cool system. I like the idea of changing things up while studying, though. You are right, it is really hard to continue being excited about something when all you have to look forward to is endless word lists to memorize. I half-wish I was back in school so I would have some solid motivation to study more...
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