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GenkiJACS contest entry -Why I want to study at GenkiJACS

October 29, 2016

I’m posting to this blog in the first time in…7 years for a very good reason! My favorite Japanese school, GenkiJACS, is having a contest!! Well, two different contests, actually. One has a video entry, the other one has a blog entry. So here’s my blog contest entry on the theme of “Why I want to study at GenkiJACS”.

First, I’ve studied at GenkiJACS twice before, so I know firsthand how awesome it is. It’s just a really good school, which shows in the super-cool award they just won (congrats, everyone!).

I want to study there again because since the last time I was there, 6 years ago, my Japanese skills have eroded a lot. I’ve just recently gotten back into serious studying, so this contest came at a great time!

I know studying at GenkiJACS again for any length of time would help get my Japanese skills back up, and being in Japan would be incredibly motivating. Plus, being a student at GenkiJACs is a lot of fun, both in and out of the classroom. The school parties and trips are some of my favorite memories from Japan.

I’m keeping this short so I don’t start rambling, but basically, these contests are a really great and exciting opportunity to study at a world-class language school in one of the awesomest cities in the world (Fukuoka, of course, but Tokyo’s cool too). Thank you to GenkiJACS for holding the contests, and good luck to everyone who’s entering!

First Post (of Awesomeness)

August 1, 2009

I keep putting off writing this first post for a variety of reasons (none of them particularly good), so I’ve decided it’s about time to just go ahead and get it over with.

So. Welcome to Yosh! Nihongo! The About page tells you pretty much everything you need to know about this blog in general, so I suppose for this first post I’ll talk a bit about where I am with Japanese.

I’ve been studying Japanese for…an embarrassingly long amount of time, to only be at my current level. I took 3 years of formal classes, and since then it’s been on my own. Only in the past year have I gotten halfway serious about the self-studying, and my current “stats” are:

— 1195 kanji into Remembering the Kanji (Lesson 32), using the amazingly helpful website Reviewing the Kanji

— 782 seen cards in Anki. I’m currently doing recognition-only, and also cheating horribly by showing the readings on the front of the card. Once I finish RtK I’ll move the readings to the back.

I try to get through all my kanji reviews every day, and add as many as I feel up to (ranging from 0 to a full lesson). I do Anki reviews in blocks of 10 minutes, although I often do more than one block at a time. I do as many new cards as I can stand each day. I also try to listen to Japanese whenever I’m around my computer, although I have a really bad addiction to Western TV which makes it difficult sometimes.

My current goals are mainly abstract ones, including being able to read magazine interviews and play through video games without needing to look things up every 10 seconds. The only concrete goal I have at the moment is to pass JLPT Level 2 in December (I’ll argue about that in a later post), which means I pretty much have my work cut out for me for the next few months. 頑張ります!

Aaaaand that wraps up my first post! Thanks for reading it! ♥