There are many difficult aspects to learning a second language (especially Japanese). Things like remembering grammar rules, particle meanings, conjugation… The list goes on.
At the end of the day, second language acquisition always comes with time and practice.
But there is a hurdle all language learners need to jump first, before time (or nature!) can take it’s course.
This “big hurdle” is vocab building.
There are lots of ways to build vocab, but most of these ways are boring (like memorizing word lists) or time-consuming (like writing Japanese names on everything around the house and office).
Some people use flashcard software. Flashcard software is useful, but I found it had a major downside…
I was remembering vocab based on an English translation, not experience. Let me explain…
When I say the word “run” what pops into your mind? Most likely the image of someone running or an image of something you saw the last time you went for a run, etc.
So, we think in pictures.
When I say “hashiru” (Japanese for run), what do you think of? Most likely the English word “run”. In other words, not an image.
Whilst this is an acceptable way to learn, I found (and still find) that it is slow (especially when you are first using the vocab).
So, what’s the solution?
Instead of memorizing by words, memorize by pictures.
You can get some paper flashcards with pictures on them (slow) or:
Use some expertly designed software 🙂
On July 11, 2007, I am launching Bullet Japanese. This software will change the way you learn your vocab, verbs, kana, everything. Most importantly it is going to change your memorization and recall speed.
But, that’s enough for now.
All will be revealed shortly.
In the meantime, if you want to get your hands on this early (and score a massive discount) you need to sign up below for my lesson updates (or visit www.learn-japanese-right-now.com and sign up for priority launch updates).
Members of this website will receive priority information closer to the launch date. Instructions will include how to secure one of the first copies of Bullet Japanese.
See you soon,