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How I Use Language Textbooks For Self-Study (Feat. Japanese with Genki)

I share my Japanese goals for 2019 and then walk through how I’m using the Genki textbook for self-study outside of the classroom.

One of my commenters had asked how exactly do I use flashcards to reinforce grammatical concepts. I realized I didn’t explain this well in the video. Here’s my more detailed response:

I use a lot of fill-in-the-blank style flashcards, where the part that goes in the blank is the part that requires applying grammar rules. I give an example at 11:59 in the video, but I don’t think I really explained what grammar point that example was meant to test. Oops.

So here’s what I do in more detail. For instance, if I need to memorize how to conjugate a verb, I would use an example sentence from the book (since the book gives example sentences for every grammar point it teaches you :D), and then blank out the verb part that I need to conjugate. When I see the card, I must recall the entire conjugated verb in its entirety. Here’s an example of one of my flashcards from Genki I, Chapter 8:

Front side: スーさんは、明日試験があると___。(speaking politely about something you overheard)
Back side: 言っていました
^ This tests application of using te-form in past tense if quoting a speech where you had been present at.

I have another card with this same sentence that tests the another grammar point:

Front side: スーさんは、明日試験が___ p 言っていました
Back side: あると
^ Tests application of using short form + とfor quoted speech

Hope that helps people! You can see the full video here:

As usual, the video ends with some dialog in the target language (Japanese in this case) showing where I’m at so far conversationally.


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