Check-In Post (and grammar from A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar)

Hi guys!  Sorry this is grievously late. We had a pretty annoying weekend and I ended up completely forgetting about this.  My bad!

For those of you who tried to translate the passage from last week's check-in post, I've edited that post with the English translation.  Please take a look if you'd like!

How is everyone doing this week?  We're two weeks into March, yay!  Hopefully everyone's learned a lot of useful things.  If you can, please comment with at least one vocabulary word you've learned in the past week that you'd like to share with everyone!


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I recommend A Dictioanry of Beginning/Intermediate Japanese Grammar to a lot of people.  I think these volumes are the best way get a better understanding of random grammar, and for those of you who don't yet have either copy yet, here is an entire entry for the grammar point 風に...

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I completely failed this past week due to work & Japan trip excitement. I missed about three or four days of studying. I did, however, manage to start reading another Yoshimoto Banana book (つぐみ) and look up some vocabulary and grammar for that, so that was nice. I only got through about three pages of it, though! Also continuing along with WaniKani. Watched some anime with husband, and listened to some Japanese music this past week. Overall, not as productive as I'd like to be, but not a total loss!
Again, not as productive with the traditional methods, but I've finally finished understanding Genki II's first chapter. Some new concepts encountered such as -くなさそう (i adjectives) and -じゃなさそう (na adjectives). Also, started checking the answers from the exercise notebook I have for Genki I textbook and workbook. Not a lot of mistakes so far, just some careless misreadings, which I really need to lessen as well. Need a lot of practice though, since especially during my language exchange sessions, I keep forgetting a lot of stuff and conjugate verbs quite badly, especially in plain form ;A;

Right now, I'm starting my own Genki Kanji deck with the onyomi and kunyomi. I'm quite confident with my recognition skills and recall from meaning, but recalling it from thin air when writing and being able to accurately read it is still far from my grasp. I'm a little confused on how to do grammar decks though as Crystal suggested >_<

Did well with keeping up with the language exchange sessions as always, although the noisy environment made it hard for me to hear my buddy's complicated Japanese expressions OTL (we couldn't help but get into really serious topics like the World War II and, um... nationalities, sometimes >_<). I also wasn't able to get a good sleep last week since I kept staying up late just to translate Kalafina blog entries, so I got sleepy while talking with him.

I also finally watched the two Japanese movies my other friend sent me, 永遠の0 (Eternal Zero) and 告白 (Confessions) using only Japanese subtitles. The dialogues were a little daunting at first, but as I progressed, I was able to understand stuff much better. Missed a lot of details as expected, but I can get the most important ones and the overall gist of the story. 80% comprehension, if I'm to quantify it :P

One word I've learned while translating one of Kalafina's blog post:
打ち上げパーティー = launch party OR wrap party
-> a party that is held either for launching a project or after an event/project is over

About A Dictionary of Basic/Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Grammar, I'm totally interested in it ever since I've downloaded a copy from the Internet! I've lost that copy, sadly, but now there's a lot of motivation to buy them next! Quite pricey, though, but once I'm done with the Genki stage, I'll move on to them! Hopefully XD But I still have a complimentary copy of Essential Japanese Grammar from Tuttle, which is really nice but annoys me because of Romaji use OTL
Hello, hello! Sorry I haven't been checking in ... there's always something, it seems, preventing me from studying and/or checking in -- which made the intro check-in post so good to, at least, think about (if not actually to get around responding to): what are the things that I tell myself that make/allow me to procrastinate? Mostly, I seem to tell myself that I don't have time, which I then prove incorrect by wasting time fooling around on the internet or watching TV. Secondly, I do travel a lot: in fact, I'm on a trip right now ... but trips can offer a lot of "downtime", such as sitting in the car for hours, that could be used to study. So ...

I have actually made a little progress in the past week. Since I am starting back at the beginning (my Japanese study at college was done more than 25 years ago!), I spent several hours this week going through Chapter 1 of Nakama 1, basically reviewing hiragana and some basic phrases. Started into Chapter 2 yesterday.

Things I want/need to do are (1) to get my computer set up to write in true Japanese script (instead of the romaji I'm doing right now), (2) to get started inputting vocabulary and sentences into Anki, and (3) get started using some of my audio resources (find such online for Nakama or use what I have at home for Genki and/or Japanese for Busy People.

I'll still be traveling for the next couple of weeks, but plan to continue reading in Nakama and possibly start the others above, if it is possible.
I'm still at it! Which is a success for me. ;) Still only missed one day past week too, and I think part of why I do stop procrastinate and study more often is that I don't want to have to report here that I've been flaking out without good reason. :)

Halfway through the sentence pattern book, and I love it. And not messing up too badly, either! Also, finished with the chapter in Genki, and have moved on to the next one. :)

I have a friend who's also doing Genki, and it's interesting to me that we go at it differently. I start with a read and write lesson, because I just love learning more kanji and want to be able to use them in exercises if they're needed there. Then I hop into the main lessons and workbook exercises. While she just does the main lessons and workbook stuff... The only reason I only do one lesson on kanji at a time is that I think it's better to switch it up a bit and not do the same thing for too long. (At least for me.) This way I don't get kanji'd out. ;)