Remembering the Kanji Update

Last month I created a post about my goal to learn all 2042 kanji in the book Remembering the Kanji. I set a goal of December 31 as my finish date. With only two months to finish, I had to learn about 35-40 Kanji a day in order to make the deadline. With only 12 days to go will I finish in time?

The simple answer is no. I currently sit at about 1300 kanji and will have learned about 1500-1600 by the end of December. Unfortunately, there were days I wasn’t able to study and that put me behind schedule. Am I disappointed? Definitely not. In fact, I think this is a great example of why setting big goals and falling short can be a lot better than setting small goals and achieving them.

Learning 35-40 Kanji a day is a huge task. Instead, let’s say that I had been more reasonable and tried to learn 5 or 10 kanji a day. Still a formidable project. Even if I had succeeded I would only have learned 300-600 kanji. Not to mention that 10 kanji a day would take 200 days, and 5 a day would take over a year. I would be much more likely to give up.

Being at 1300 kanji, and knowing that I am over halfway there is a great feeling. It gives me the motivation I need to keep going. I’m nearly 70% there. Had I done 10 a day I would only be about 25% of the way.

Set goals that you have to strive for and try your best to accomplish them. In the end, even if you don’t achieve them you will be much further along than if you had chosen a much easier goal.

Here are some things for you to try. Just fill in the blank with a number that seems too much and try to accomplish it.

Study ________ new Japanese words a day.

Watch _______ hours of Japanese TV/Movies a day.

Speak to a native Japanese speaker _________ hour every day.

Learn _________ new Japanese phrases every day for 10 days.

Japanese Words with Sound

The open old book - the dictionary on a white ...

One of the main focus of Japanese Words has always been about learning new Japanese words. In the beginning you need to know a certain number of words to communicate in Japanese and as you get to a more advanced level you will need to more words to express more complex ideas and feelings.

Today I stumbled across a site that has a number of common Japanese words such as numbers, colors, common Japanese phrases, animals, and other Japanese vocabulary. They also have sound.

You can check out the Japanese page here. In case you are studying another language as well, you can find other languages here.

Good luck and let me know what you think!

Japanese Adjectives in Sentences Part 9


Here is part 9 of using Japanese Adjectives in Sentences. Hopefully you have learned a lot of new Japanese words, a bit of Japanese grammar, and have a better understanding of how to use different adjectives. You can find all of the previous adjectives posts at the bottom of the list.

81    昨日、不思議な夢を見ました。
Last night, I saw a mysterious dream.

82    彼は真面目な顔で話し始めた。
He began to talk with a serious face.

83    彼女は離れて暮らす母親の事が心配そうです。
He looks worried about his mother who lives separately from him.
*Adjective + そう(な)=looks (adjective)

84    前の会社は、楽な仕事ばかりで物足りなかった。
I was not satisfied with all the easy work at my previous company.

85    今日の夕飯に必要な材料を買いに行く。
I’m going shopping for the ingredients I need for today’s dinner.

86    駅で変な人に声をかけられた。
A strange person spoke to me at the (train) station.

87    危険な場所で遊んでいる子供たちに注意をした。
I warned the children who were playing in the dangerous place.

88    私は正直な性格なので、嘘がつけません。
I have a honest personality, so I can’t tell a lie.

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Japanese Adjectives in Sentences Part 8


Part 8 of Using Japanese adjectives in sentences. This page contains only “NA” adjectives. After this there is only one more post to go. 頑張って!  As always please leave comments if you have questions. Previous adjective lists can be found at the bottom of this post.

71    誕生日に家族から素敵なプレゼントをもらった。
I got a lovely present from my family on my birthday.

72    ピアノの上手な人に憧れる。
I long for a person who can play piano well.

73    下手な言い訳なら、しない方がいい。
It’s better not to  use a bad (unskilled) excuse.

74    好きな食べ物は何ですか?
What kind of food do you like?

75    何か嫌いな食べ物はありますか?
Is there any food that you don’t like (hate)?

76    簡単な日本語の単語はほとんど全部覚えました。
I remembered almost all the easy words in Japanese.

77    大変な仕事を任されてしまった。
The hard work has been left up to me.

78    自分にとって一番大切な事はなんだろう。
I wonder what’s the most important thing to me.

79    それは無理な話だ。
That’s an impossible matter.

80    ケーキは私の大好きなスイーツです。
Cakes are my favorite desserts.
* スイーツ=sweets (desserts or something sweet)

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Japanese Adjectives in Sentences Part 7


Part 7 of Using Japanese adjectives in sentences. In this one we start getting into the “NA” adjectives.  As always please leave comments if you have questions. Previous adjective lists can be found at the bottom of this post.

61    青い目をした美しい人に出会った。
I encountered a beautiful person with blue eyes.

62    結婚式には白いネクタイをします。
Wear a white necktie for weddings.

63    お葬式には黒いネクタイをします。
Wear a black necktie for funerals.


64    先週、姉が元気な男の子を生みました。
My sister gave birth to an energetic baby boy last week.

65    友達のお姉さんはとても奇麗な人だ。
My friend’s sister is very pretty.

66    もう少し静かな場所へ行こう。
Let’s go to somewhere little more quiet.

67    世界的に有名な歌手になるのが夢です。
My dream is to be a world famous singer.

68    便利な世の中になったものだ。
This world has become convenient.

69    うちの近所にはコンビニが無くて不便だ。
It is inconvenient not to have a convenience store around my house.

70    その店員さんは親切な対応をしてくれた。
The clark gave me kind assistance.

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Japanese Adjectives in Sentences Part 6


Part 6 of Using Japanese adjectives in sentences. Hopefully you are starting to get a sense for how to use Japanese adjectives. If not, don’t worry, we have more Japanese sentences to come As always please leave comments if you have questions.

51    彼女に可愛いぬいぐるみを買ってあげた。
I bought a cute stuffed animal for my girlfriend.

52    可笑しくて笑いが止まらない。
I can’t stop laughing because it’s so funny.

53    この道は、ゴミがたくさん落ちていて汚い。
This street is dirty and full of garbage.

54    昨日から頭が痛いので、今日は学校を休みました。
I was absent from school because my head’s been hurting since yesterday.

55    危ないから、道路で遊んではいけません。
Don’t play on the street. It’s dangerous.

56    今のレベルでは、東大合格は難しいだろう。
At the current level, it’ll be difficult to get into University of Tokyo.
*東大=Shorten version of 東京大学(とうきょうだいがく, University of Tokyo.)

57    仕事に追われ、忙しい毎日だ。
Work keeps me so busy every day.
Literally to be “chased” by work

58    彼の演技は本当に凄いですね。
His performance is truly amazing.

59    昨日見たオーケストラの演奏は素晴らしかったです。
The orchestra’s performance (that I saw) yesterday was wonderful.
* In a past tense, adjectives lose its last letter “い” and combine with “かった”

60    先週赤いドレスを買いました。
I bought a red dress last week.

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