Challenge: See how many sentences you can study in a week.
Date: Closes next Wednesday.
How To: Simply take a sentence you want to learn, you might want to learn the grammar structure from it, the verb or some other part, whatever it is it doesn’t matter.
First things you need to do is strip back the sentence and learn all the parts you don’t know. Learn the words, the kanji and grammer structure.
Now the task is to create at least 5 more of your own sentences, keeping only the section you want to learn. This may be the the hard part but the challenge is to see how many times you can repeat the whole the process.
Most will have a sentence based on a grammer pattern or new verb you are trying to learn from their textbook or whatnot. So its probably best then to focus on that point and come up with 5 new sentences.
For example you might not know the verb, 下回る (したまわる- to be less than, or to be lower than), and your target sentence may be
今日 も 気温(きおん) は 零(れい) 度(ど) を 下回っ て い ます 。- Even today the temperature is below 0 degrees.
By creating 5 more examples sentences on your own, keeping only the section you are learning, you can now apply that verb to 5 different topics not just the one in the example sentence. Cool huh? Imagine if you did more than 5! AJATT recommends doing 50 a day!
I’m in love with this method! It helps you come up with sentences that you are personally likely to encounter.
Tips for those who are stuck on coming up with sentences or are not studying from a textbook:
Sites like Tatoieba.org are you best friend here, this is where I got the example sentence from. Just set the random sentence section to Japanese and you will have a wealth of sample sentences to study.
For those stuck on even getting it done check out Deadline Based Learning and how it helps you get past the procrastination stage.
Let me know how it goes, and how many sentences you get up to. =)
I’ll be posting mine next week. I find this kind of task hard, so I’m not sure how I’ll do!