A blog is meant to be read. There is no point to writing when no real people would take time to read (I’d write anyway). It has been just seventeen days into my journey and the blog is bustling with activity. People are following, interacting, visiting and sending over queries. It is an amazing feeling to know that people are finding the content I produce, engaging and worth coming back. You too should always take at least 5 seconds to comment to mark their presence. Contribution through commenting is a way to take things further. Most of the traffic to my blog doesn’t come from search queries but from the WordPress community (other bloggers: see below). Cheers to the WordPress family.
It is all give and take. During these seventeen days I did take time to write my stuff, but I also spent an equal or greater amount of time perusing, finding and commenting on interesting stuff I found on WordPress. I started following a couple of appealing blogs which would help me in the process of learning Japanese. I asked if I had doubts. I tried to contribute by finding errors and also took time to appreciate good entries. Most of my comments got replied by the nice bloggers.
There was one blog which stood out completely. Instead of replying to my comment, jpninlearning, went to the extent of writing a full post for a reply to my query. The post was a detailed one, reassuring to my woes and a brilliant gesture by the blogger. [Read it here] It was a reply to the comment:
What was you timeline like? Did you learn to write first and then vocabulary or did you start learning random sentences first? Also, how did you learn Kanji, any suggestions?
Some of the other awesome blogs I follow are:
Limit Of Japanese ー 日本語の限度
Japanese Learning Adventure
That Japan Addict
Hiking In Japan
and many more… They add a great value to your learning.
Videos: Since the Waku Waku lessons on Youtube were getting bigger. I decided to cut the number of videos for the day. The amount of information was getting quite overwhelming from lesson 21 to lesson 25. Therefore, just 5 videos for the day.
Vocabulary: I revised all the words I had learnt on day 15 and day 16 from Nihongo Ichiban’s vocabulary list for JLPT N5 level. Apart from that, I signed up for a free service called MemRise. There I started doing this JLPT N5 vocab session. Which will help me master all of the spellings, pronunciations, Kanji and meaning for the words in course of time. Memrise is an amazing experience. Fantastic user interface, clear style, flawless method are some of the good things about it. It is an advanced version of anki and can be used on your PC too. I completed around 15 words for the day on memrise. They are in my permanent memory now.
Kanji: Even for Kanji I started using memrise. Particularly this course. Completed around 15 Kanji – reading, writing and recalling – today.
- 3 Things You Need to Know Before Learning Nihongo (Japanese Language) (introtonihongo.wordpress.com)
- What I’ve learned about blogging (takecomfortproject.wordpress.com)
- What is “Otaku no Nihongo”? (otakunonihongo.wordpress.com)
- Top 10 Tips For Starting A Writing Blog (shareyourarticles.wordpress.com)
- Blogging Tips: The Sequel (suzie81.wordpress.com)