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Found the following info on http://www.tofugu.com/learn-japanese/. No idea whether all three parts will be available at once, or if he’s going to do one at a time.
This is part 1 of EtoEto, the new version of TextFugu. This part is the updated version of TextFugu, which will teach the basics of Japanese, as well as get you ready for part 2 (see below: “EtoEto: Kappa”). It will have new content, updated content, quizzes, Q&A, and much more when it is released in 2015.
Website: Coming Soon
Kappa is part 2 of 3 in the “EtoEto trilogy.” It will contain intermediate contents, and span the gap between beginner and advanced. A lot of Japanese learners get stuck at this “plateau” and don’t know how to escape, but Kappa will help you to do that while teaching you intermediate Japanese grammar. Coming in 2015.
Website: Coming Soon
Part three of the EtoEto trilogy… this section’s purpose is to get you to Japanese fluency, and to make you sound good while doing it. The main focus is on language shadowing, and there is a lot of content, audio, and lessons that you can use to do just that. Available early 2015.
Website: Coming Soon
The kanji section here is incomplete. There are much better alternatives.
This is another site run by koichi. It focuses soley on kanji and vocab. The first two levels are free, but after that it will require a paid subscription.
2) Remembering the Kanji
This is a popular method that has worked wonders for people. You can either use the book by itself or together with the website http://kanji.koohii.com/
3) The traditional way Japanese kids learn
This is going in order of kanji taught in grades 1 to 6 in elementary school, and then the remainder in high school. These lists are everywhere on the net.
Experiment and see what works for you.
The last update from Koichi on http://blog.textfugu.com/ was on 18th November last year. However, Aikibujin says he somtimes posts on the WaniKani forums and provides updates here and there. I don’t actually use WK so have no idea what the current situation is at this moment in time.April 14, 2014 at 8:26 am in reply to: Do you think I'm ready to read Harry Potter when I'm through TF? #44898
I think he means using the website. As there’s an RPG style levelling up system he’s created. I agree that it’s not really accurate nor important to grade yourself on a number, and as you say, someone could be at different levels in different areas, so an all round number isn’t particularly useful to judge yourself.
Yes, it’s possible you might have seen it mentioned on AJATT before. I find JALUP to be an easier site to navigate than AJATT.
Yes, I don’t go scouring every site to see if they do that Joel. Just like you, I see the reading in parentheses most of the time. The main sites I look at for vocab are jisho.org, and Jim Breen’s http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1C
In resources such as Genki and Tae Kim’s site, it’s the same.
Wasn’t trying to give bad or wrong advice, just giving help based off my own experiences.
Could you list some examples of sites where you’ve seen it with the dots?April 13, 2014 at 3:05 am in reply to: Do you think I'm ready to read Harry Potter when I'm through TF? #44877
One of my favourite Japan/Japanese related websites is Japanese Level Up. I regularly check their articles. The following links might be of interest to people here.
1) A rough guide on what level you are
2) Reading tests
It’s not entirely accurate but is interesting nonetheless. Think of it as a guideline =)
I’d like to read more about etymology, but I reckon it will eat into valuable study time. Ages ago when I bought a “Teach Yourself Japanese” book, it did have a section showing how kanji changed over time which was quite interesting.
We keep hearing about this potential massive TextFugu update, but whenever koichi sheds light on it, there’s no time frame given or concrete details of what new content will be added. The idea appears to be to merge TextFugu with EtoEto, but who knows. I think it will eventually see the light of day, but not for a good while yet. By then, most of the current TextFugu members will likely have no need for it anyway.
Definitely give RTK a go. Loads of people like the method and have found success with it. It might just work for you.
Yes, ignore the dots in the middle of vocab words. Only seen that on TextFugu.April 12, 2014 at 10:14 am in reply to: Do you think I'm ready to read Harry Potter when I'm through TF? #44862
There’s a Harry Potter group study thread over on the koohii forums that might interest you both.
Oh yeah, I remember Cassandra saying that now. Seems like a long time ago.
Agreed, there’s nothing to moderate here really :D
Yikes, that is pretty bad for a video. Probably for the best it came to an end quickly. I don’t think we’ll see any decent Tofugu videos. At least not for a while.
Yes, that’s the main reason I’ve heard of. Perhaps there are more, but I’m not aware of them.
So the kanji section here is pretty confusing for beginners? Would you think it is a good idea to go through all the other parts of textfugu without the kanji sections?
I haven’t got around to trying wanikani yet, what do you think about it?
RTK is definitely a popular book for learning kanji!
The last method definitely sounds interesting! I am currently taking Japanese lessons, and soon the teacher is probably going to start on kanji, I think she would probably teach like how japanese kids learn kanji.
So don’t think of them as ON/KUN readings? Just think of them as vocab?
Thank you very much for sharing your methods!
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend anyone to use the whole of TextFugu in its current state. It’s an unfinished, mistaken ridden mess. I know that’s probably the last thing you want to hear, but read the “Updates update” thread to understand better. Now, saying that, I would however, suggest using the first couple of seasons maybe. These have important motivation techniques, and does explain very simple grammar points like です in an easy to understand way. If you do that, you can use that as a springboard and then switch to a better resource like Tae Kim’s guide or a textbook like Genki.
WaniKani – I used the first free two levels, but didn’t really like it. I prefer using Anki and either making my own decks or using shared ones. Give it a try to see if it’s for you.
RTK is a popular book but it does have its downsides. Some of the kanji it covers aren’t that common and aren’t used in common vocab words. Not to say you won’t see those kanji at all, but I think it’s better to learn common kanji first. Which brings me to the method Japanese kids use. If you do it their way, it might seem harder as each kanji don’t build upon each other like in RTK, but you’re learning common kanji which are found in very common words.
Yes, don’t worry about the on and kun readings. Just think of them as vocab. There’s too many to memorise. Plus when it comes to names, there’s even more readings. Even native Japanese don’t learn every single reading for each kanji.April 12, 2014 at 9:31 am in reply to: Do you think I'm ready to read Harry Potter when I'm through TF? #44856April 12, 2014 at 7:59 am in reply to: Do you think I'm ready to read Harry Potter when I'm through TF? #44851
Unfortunately, the answer is no. The current content here on TextFugu won’t even be enough to pass N5 of the JLPT. A novel is going to be considerably harder. Once you’ve learnt all the grammar on say Tae Kim’s site or one of the mainstream textbooks, etc, then you might be ready to begin to tackle native material. Even then, it might not be enough. Having to constantly look up unfamiliar vocab and grammar will defeat the purpose.
An easy manga like Yotsubato would be more suitable to begin with once you start to tackle native material.
The old videos were just funny without even trying. I remember checking every few days to see if a new one was out.
I did see one of the ‘new’ ones a few months ago if I remember correctly. Someone sent koichi a present stuff with weird notes and toys or something. They filmed it being unwrapped. It just didn’t seem funny and had quite an awkward atmosphere. I guess it didn’t work out.
Other mods as in Sheepy and Cassandra? Haven’t seen either on here for a while.