Kana: The Lazy Method

I’m guessing that no small number of the people have been flying through this course at breakneck speed, hardly writing anything that I've written.

Let's call it "Speed Learning.” Or we could call it something less charitable. I don’t know. I’ll leave that decision up to you.

I have good news for all of you “Speed Learners,” though. I call it:

The Lazy-Man’s Speed Learner’s Guide to Mastering Kana:

  1. Print out a kana sheet
  2. Quit using romaji

That’s all. Seriously.

The thing is, even if you do go through a bunch of flashcards and study the characters for five or six hours, you’re still probably going to forget at least a few of them in the days, weeks, and months to follow.

Who cares? Every time you forget something, then relearn it, the probability of you remembering it long-term rises. So you should get excited when that happens. It’s an opportunity for improvement.

Yeah, we can streamline this process by using all of the resources mentioned in the previous lecture. But my favorite method is actually a bit different—just always have a kana sheet with you, at all times.

Then, by ditching romaji, you will be forced to consult your kana sheet every single time that you encounter a forgotten character.

Print This:

Kana Sheet.pdf

Then just keep that on your person at all times.

This will be tedious at first. Then it will be just a little bit annoying. Then you won’t need to do it at all. Such is the way of language-learning in general, I suppose:

--> Super Tedious (T_T)

--> Kind of Tedious (>_<)

--> Not the Absolute Worst (-_-)

--> Almost Fun… Almost… (’_’)

--> Fun, Interesting, Uplifting (^_^)

--> Effortless & F-ing Ninja \(^o^)/

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