A lot of people find mnemonics helpful– things like the Remembering the Kanji or memory palace methodology where you come up with little stories for things to remember whatever you need to remember. Usually that doesn’t work well with me, because I find unless something sort of naturally comes to me, trying to purposely come up with a story results in me remembering the moment I thought to come up with the story, and nothing about what it was supposed to help me remember. Also it is just far too time-consuming, because I end up spending hours trying to come up with stories I’m going to either forget or that will make me forget what I’m trying to remember.
Mostly, I rely on my vague synaesthetic connections, which are some weird mix of colors and sensations I can’t describe very well, so they’re pretty useless to other people.
Occasionally, though, my brain actually does come up with silly mnemonics spontaneously on its own. Such is the case for 浅い【あさい】(asai), which means “shallow”. I’ve come to associate it with the açaí berry, pretty obviously for the similar pronunciation. I have no idea why that works for me, since there’s not really any actual link aside from pronunciation, and I don’t have a story to go with it to make it link. But somehow I’ve formed what seems to be a permanent link between the two that helps me remember the word.
Rather belatedly, I wrote (a) 自己紹介っぽい on the intro/about page. Which is currently only in Japanese and probably has errors everywhere (later I’ll post it to Lang-8 or have my tutor correct it, but for now it can just stand as-is), but if anyone wanted to know a bit more about me, there you go.
I started listening to JapanesePod101 again (I say like I ever really got very far with it) starting from the first Lower Intermediate lessons. Kind of hate all the sessions Peter is in, which is unfortunate given he’s kind of the founder and thus in most of them, but his accent is so distracting (in both English and Japanese), and his jokes are mostly awful and awkward. Also kind of can’t wait until I can deal with the episodes that are entirely in Japanese anyway.
But right now I think Lower Intermediate is pretty much my current speed. I’m getting like 60-70% comprehension at normal speed and 80-90% at slow speed before they give the vocab, and unfortunately all these lessons are half in English. So hopefully if I work through all of the lower intermediate material, I can bump that up so that normal-speed listening comprehension is closer to the 80-90%, at the very least.
Plus, it’s nice getting both the grammar and vocab reviews in, since I still have trouble getting some things to stick without ‘real world’ usage. Learning sentences with Anki/iKnow can help, but sometimes it seems to take seeing a word/grammar point in a book or hear it in an actual conversation or show/movie before it really sticks for whatever reason.
Oh hey, I’m sorry I think this was probably from a while back— I didn’t even realize I had an ask. I’m using the latest version of Anki, Anki2 (or well, I realized when I opened the Windows version that I’m actually running a bit out of date since it wanted me to update, but it should be the same major version: 2.0.8 is what I’m running vs 2.0.11). It does come with a default white/black layout, but I customized it myself by going in and editing the layout/css on the cards and adding my userscript (I gather there’s a built in feature for ‘hint’ but I wanted a bit more customization, since it sounded like that would only work for one field).
I’m always kind of tweaking my template, like for example, the axolotl-background one looks kind of weird in AnkiDroid sometimes because of what i did to off-center the headers, but if you want to use it as a starting point, here’s some pastebins for it: Front Template (includes the tiny js script I wrote to handle the toggles per element), Styling, and Back Template.
Hope that helps, and sorry again for the rather delayed response.