Cleveland Japanese Language Meetup

17 Sep

Last night I attended my first meeting of the Cleveland Japanese Language Meetup, held in the basement of MacBacks bookstore in the Coventry neighborhood in Cleveland Heights.



The meeting was great fun. We split up into two groups, beginners and more advanced. Naturally, I was in the beginners group where we learned about the Hiragana script.

We were given the goal of learning Hiragana by the next meeting in October. To accomplish this I will try using the same strategy I used to learn the Indian Devanagari script. In addition, I will check out and see what is available in Memorise and Anki, for spaced repetition learning.

6 Responses to “Cleveland Japanese Language Meetup”

  1. small dog barks a lot March 8, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    First off all I want to say awesome blog! I had a
    quiick question in which I’d like to ask if yyou don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself
    and clear your thoughts before writing. I have haad trouble clearing my
    thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I do take pleasure in writing however it
    just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually
    lost just trying to figure out how to begin.Any recommendations or hints?

    Thank you!

    • jecgenovese March 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you for your question, I find that a daily meditation practice (15 minutes a day) does help keep me focused in general. As to the specific question about writing, I recommend the book How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul Silvia, although the book is aimed at academics on the publish or perish track it has a lot of good advice for anyone who wants to be a productive writer.
      Also see this post by the great Cory Doctorow

  2. Jeremy January 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    You’ve mentioned Harry Lorayne in your previous posts. You’re surely aware of his substitution word approach to foreign vocabulary. If you use this in combination with SRS, is there any theory or rule of thumb on the maximum number of new vocab words you can learn in a day? I’m also learning Japanese.

    • jecgenovese January 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

      I am not aware of any research on the optimal number of new vocabulary words to learn per day. It would be useful information. For myself, I find that it is easier to learn a smaller number, but that small increments add up overtime.

      • Jeremy January 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

        Thanks. I know overdoing it is unproductive, but have no idea about the theory.


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