I recently mentioned my intent to write a book about Teaching Yourself Japanese, well, I’m making progress already.
I’ve been writing mnemonics for making memorizing the Japanese phonetic syllabary (syllabic alphabet) easy. I’m focusing the mnemonics on the American English dialect because that’s my native dialect and I can’t claim any expertise on any others. I figure by making that clear in the text that is the least biased way I can write and it still be effective.
I’ll give you a taste of what’s coming.
It’s “Superman” flying up, out of the ocean after stopping a bomb.
I’m trying to keep them short and sweet and to the point. That character makes the “su” sound in Japanese.
This bit is taking some time and a lot of careful thinking to come up with very good mnemonics, but because I believe they’re critical in accelerating the transition from short term to long term memory, I think it’s worth the effort.
I’ve also written an introduction into thinking in Japanese, because the grammar of the language is quite different from English and most European languages it’s good to prime yourself for the feeling of speaking Japanese compared to English.
I’m going to provide a plan of study and some good solo-activities to reinforce the material in the book. Each will be closely tied to the grammar or vocab being covered.
More to come, stay tuned.