2008年12月31日水曜日

Time - Reading log 3

I wonder, sometimes, how this will all turn out. Yesterday I read manga for practically all day, and looked up probably five words. Today was only about fifteen. I know because each lookup ended in a sentence added to Rotten Potatoes (Anki deck). Doing the math, I would only have to only maintain 18 sentences a day to reach the goal of 10,000 sentences by the end of 18 months (Started on September 1st, four months in as of now).

I have to wonder, do the sentences really matter? Maybe the real skill is learned not from the amount of study and sentences, but in the amount of time spent. Maybe our brains need to have a large amount of time spent actively parsing Japanese for it to "click".

Yesterday I was wondering if it was bad that I only got 5 sentences. But I realized that I had spent all day reading a manga catching pretty much all of the story anyway. I decided I was happier reading hours of Japanese than if I had spent a small amount of time collecting a lot of sentences.

1 件のコメント:

  1. 18 Sentences per day doesn't sound too bad. But, the amount of sentences should be a product of your input. That stuff you want to remember. I think both count as input anyways. :)

    I've started strictly using monolingual dictionaries as my way of looking up words, and, I only pick out whatever it is I can understand. Since, for now, I've been using a children's dictionary, things are much easier to understand, and it gives me something to build on. So, adding sentences from there help me remember all that I picked up from the dictionary.

    I do think it is important that we collect sentences, because, it provides lots and lots of repetition by means of the SRS, and our brains are geared for picking up patterns. So, I think this helps quite a bit. It's like the exercise, and the rest of Japanese is the fuel as the guy at FeeMeJapanese would say. :)

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