Study Tips

Haiku wo dekita

Sensei had us write haiku last class. Our assigmnent wass to write a haiku for our upcoming winter festival.

You just have to remember two things: 5-7-5 syllable pattern and include a seasonal reference. Piece of cake.

Sensei says it's a great way to study Japanese and build our vocabulary.

I'd have to agree. I can't stop at one.

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Incorporating a New Language into Daily Life

They say that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to completely immerse yourself  into the language and the culture.  I would  love be in Japan for six months to learn Japanese, but I can't. For many of us, it's impractical to drop everything and go live in another country for an extended period of time. The challenge then becomes "How can I immerse myself here?" For me, I've found some success with  writing more "everyday" items in Japanese. First, I started by writing short, simple notes to family and friends who were taking Japanese classes with me. Then, I tried writing my students' names in Katakana on my schedule and planning lists. I've graduated to writing out my "To Do" List and grocery list in Japanese.

The first time I went shopping with a grocery list in Japanese (pre-Smartphone) was extremely challenging. Photo by R-M Arca.

The "pièce de résistance " is my waterproof keitai. I labelled all my folders in Japanese:

Labelling things | look at everyday in Japanese helps me study when I don't have time to study with my workbook.  Photo by R-M Arca.