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Accelerated Japanese Learning Challenge Day 5: Fast Learning With a Sentence List

Today, Anna and I are exploring Osaka after an amazing few days in Kyoto. I’m also bringing you my Day 5 review of my Japanese learning challenge!

During my first five days, I spent time re-learning both hiragana and katakana, the two smaller syllabaries in Japanese – kanji being the bigger one (with thousands of characters).

I also went through the first two chapters of Textfugu, the online textbook I mentioned in last week’s video. Each chapter contains several lessons, and reviewing them helped me remember basic sentence structure.

The most important thing I did, however, was creating a sentence list in Evernote. This is a big list containing lots of sentences I wanted to be able to say/understand while traveling the country; creating it not only gave me a diverse array of sentence types to translate, but also gave me an arsenal of common sentences to actually use in conversation.

Since I had a very limited amount of time to study, I deliberately chose to spend a lot of that time doing this. It’s a very active way to learn, and it also is a way to selectively focus on the parts of the language I’ll actually use in the near future.

This is similar to how Tim Ferriss learns new skills rapidly. As I mentioned in the video, I’m embedding his talk on the subject here – give it a watch if you’re curious about learning new things quickly!

If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.

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