Daily Defender

You spend a large amount of time in your home. Unless that home is in Japan, there isn’t much visual Japanese around you. Well why not wake up and turn everything you see into Japanese, from your alarm clock to the door as you leave your home for school or work.

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Let’s bring back the old-school sticker method

There is an old tactic that has been around for a long time. Even one that I used for a short time many years ago. You write on post it notes, stickers, tape, or anything else adhesive, the names of various objects around your house. You then stick it to those objects. And now in your normal daily life you see and learn the names of these objects through constant contact.

Sounds like fun?

It is actually. This isn’t going to make you fluent. Or give you some profound new ability. But it’s a nice change of pace.

Why do it?

1. Improves your handwriting (if you decide write out all the objects yourself)
2, Gives you variety from the typical Anki grind
3. Helps you master everyday objects that are good to know
4. It’s simple. And simple is good.

How to get started

Normally to use this method, you’d have to go around your home, one object at a time, looking up the word, then writing it out. Or you might just find a small list of common home items on the Internet.

But how about I further simplify the simple.

Daily Defender!

Because you need to um… defend yourself from the daily objects in the home…. by learning their names.

What’s inside?

● An excel file that contains a list of 222 typical objects in your home (didn’t think you had that much stuff? You do.) The list is broken down by 1) object w/kanji, 2) hiragana, 3) the definition in English and 3 other languages, 4) a link to the object in Google images in case you forgot what it looked like, or you don’t have the object and want to pretend you do.
● Word file that allows you to easily cut out the object words, which can be used to tape directly on to them or buy adhesive paper for your printer, and print directly onto that.
● PDF file with the same easy to cut items, except they also include furigana above each word.

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Daily Defender – $5.99

Now go defend!

Sorry, I’m trying hard to work with this analogy.

Major thanks to Snisa (our resident German Translator) who really made this come to be.

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Daily Defender — 20 Comments

  1. This is really cool. I’ve had a lot of success with this in video games, so it makes sense to try to port some of it out to the world around me as well :)

    One comment, though, is that you may want to make the google image searches more specific. As amusing as it is to get pictures of Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and Bill Nye when trying to determine which “bill” you’re referring to :P

    Anyway, thanks so much for putting this together and sharing with us!

    • How did you do it in video games? Just encounter daily objects and keep a list?

      Are you telling me Bill Gates won’t help you remember Japanese?

      • Haha, I suppose he is pretty memorable :)

        The thing with video games is that there’s built-in repetition. Every time you perform an action, you have to select the right commands. This is a requirement to succeed, so you can’t help but see these words for common actions/places/objects/etc literally hundreds or thousands of times during the course of a playthrough.

        Something suspicious? “調べる (X)”
        Need to fly somewhere? “飛空艇を乗る (X)”
        Poisoned? アイテムー>毒消し
        Wanna summon Ifrit? 召喚ー>イフリート
        Modify your gear? “メニュー (Δ)”ー>装備を改造

        The bulk of your experience is made up of these little UI prompts and menus. It’s how you interact with the game systems, manage your inventory, execute battle commands, solve puzzles. It’s a given that you’re going to learn and remember this stuff.

        I see your “household object” labels here the same way. As you go about your daily life, you’ll see these things constantly, and learn them almost effortlessly. It’s a great idea =)

        • Ahh okay. Got it. Excellent point. Even tiresome random battles get a little thrill added, right? But looking at video games like this really is a great example of repetition being fun.

        • Another great way to get some repetition is in shonen anime. The longer series typically have a recap that changes little by little as the show goes on. When I watched with subtitles this was annoying because I just wanted to get to the show but now i don’t mjnd it because I can review all the words I know and learn a few new ones too.

          • Great example!

            I think anyone who has watched one piece knows the intro by heart, and watching 5 minutes of recap every single episode finally has a purpose.

  2. Nice, great idea! I dont think my mom will approve of me putting that everywhere but… I can do it for stuff in my room at least! Thanks!

  3. i don’t think my parents are going to enjoy this hahaha
    maybe i’ll just stick to my room. i guess the fridge is covered in stuff like this already though… and i go there a lot, maybe the fridge will get one.

    • Just slowly work one item at a time. It’ll be like bringing things up to a slow boil, and no one will ever notice that within a few months your entire home is covered with Japanese…

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