I think I have been
a bit unfair to Memrise
…neglecting Read the Kanji (though as you will read in a while, it deserves to be neglected at times!!). I`m still working on Memrise, creating mems and enjoying the mems certain other learners create (while wishing I could delete for good certain other users` mems!!). A good few months ago now they took out the harvesting section between the planting and watering sections. I think this speeds up the process somewhat but you don`t miss out as the words still go in to your short term and longterm memory – as they should do if you`re making an effort and watering your plants regularly.
I have to say I really feel more confident with vocabulary and grammar/syntax from my use of both Memrise and Read the Kanji and sometimes wonder how I ever got by in Japan the last time without much of the vocabulary and interesting expressions. I did get by though but next time I`ll get by even better!! I could be a lot further in my level but I only have time and patience for doing Memrise once a day, maybe twice and I don`t care too much how long it takes me. I think I`m most of the way through actually but even if I was not it would be fine – I`m in no rush. It`s more enjoyable to learn something without any looming deadlines.
RTK on the other hand is kind of getting on my nerves in terms of the length of each session. I had given RTK a miss for months before I took it up again last week and so I have rediscovered it in a way. Unfortunately, I had forgotten how long it takes to get through a level so not all re-discoveries are great!! It takes forever to get through a level even when you`re going through the vocabulary smoothly and sometimes I have to stop half way and take it up again later on in the day or the following day as I can`t stand it. That said, I still appreciate the vocabulary in context and the help with syntax and grammar.
I have thought of alternating between Memrise and RTK from one day to the next but I really actually like going into Memrise daily because I know it doesn`t take forever, unlike RTK, and I feel `Ok a little bit of Japanese on Memrise and I can feel like I have one productive thing done today!!` : P Another reason for going into Memrise daily is that if you don`t, the number of plants you have to water will rise and one day after I had neglected Memrise for only 2 days, I had 400 words to water and, just like RTK, it really did take a while to get through them. However, if you go in every day and preferably in the morning the most you will get to water is 170 or so which takes a while but is still no threat to RTK!! By the way you can create Mems in the notes section for a word/expression in RTK as well but I do enough of that in Memrise so I don`t bother in RTK. I`m too busy taking in the few good points of the site and reading the notes by other users of the site.
I mentioned renshuu.org before but it`s been yonks since I`ve been on that, even longer than RTK, but I might check it out again soon. I used to use Jpod101 but not so much anymore.
Anyway, as I had not talked about studying the lovely Japanese language for a while, I thought I might give an update of how things were. Another one will come in about oooh 6 months time? I also have been all about film lately so I thought a change of subject would not go amiss.