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