I know five hundred kanji. No kidding! (Here is the first post about learning Japanese.) There are 2000 in the official basic literacy set for Japanese folk, so, in theory, I am 25% there. I’m adding about 20 kanji a day, which so far has been doable and leads to about 100-150 or so cards a day in Anki (that’s like electronic flashcards in a spaced time schedule depending on how well you were able to remember a given card on a given repeat). Takes less than an hour. This photo is one day’s Anki SRS session. If I keep doing it, 20 kanji a day, I’ll know all 2000 kanji by the end of April.
Sophie is learning maybe 5 a day. She has an amazing memory, although much less stamina than I do for sitting and studying. It’s kind of a foreign concept for her, haha. Luc picks up maybe one a day, without trying, although he picked up all the kana very quickly. “What’s ‘mi’ again?” I say and he calls out from the other side of the yurt, “the one that looks like a ’21′ !” He thinks all the kanji look like our cat, Momo. “She’s sitting down, that’s her profile.” “She’s standing, that’s her tale.” “That’s Momo when she sleeps on her side!” I have to say, I just don’t see it.
Here’s the thing: I have no good reason to learn Japanese. Shouldn’t I use this time and effort on something that makes more sense? Why am I doing this? What is the point? All I’ve got in answer to that is, it’s fun. It’s interesting. Maybe it will stave off dementia a few more years. But mostly, it’s fun. So why not? I admit, I feel a little guilty. Which I think is weird. But there it is.
But it’s so cool to recognize about 25% of the kanji and maybe 80% of the kana on the credits and street signs in the anime we watch! And I can recognize radicals (parts of kanji) in many others, even if I don’t know the particular kanji. “That’s ‘wild dogs’ and ‘rice field’ and ‘king!’ ” or whatever. (I just made that up, I don’t know if there is a kanji with those three parts!) The kids and I pause on any screen with writing and point out the ones we recognize. Which adds a whole fun game-dimension to watching our usual shows. I wonder if one day I’ll be able to read manga in Japanese?
But, more practically, I have no end goal. I just don’t want the pressure. Mostly I just say, “what is the next fun thing to do in Japanese?” ad do that. Although I would like to hit that 2000 kanji. Doing that is such a proscribed picture, much more defined than “learn Japanese.” We’ll see.
Oh, and it’s my birthday today. 42! My life is passing before my eyes.
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today's yoga practice
June 16, 2013 | 10:10 am
Primary to supta konasana. Long stay in baddha and uphavista, then ollapse. i feel so winded today!
June 16, 2013 | 10:09 am
June 16, 2013 | 10:08 am
yin yoga again. lazy yoga.
June 13, 2013 | 2:19 pm
Primary to Janu B and then I ran out of time. Better than nothing, I guess.
June 11, 2013 | 11:09 am
Primary to navasana. Chatted with Luc about his favorite show for the second half, so breathing and focus were zilch. But mama/little boy time is worth it.
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