Your Top 20 Vocab

“A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.” – William Hazlitt

To start things out, I’d like you to download the following worksheet. It will help you to create a list of words associated with your passion.

Passion List Worksheet

Here’s what you should fill out on this sheet right now:

  1. Your Passion (or the thing you really like, if you don’t have one). For the sake of this exercise and the point of this exercise, “Japanese” shouldn’t count as your passion, even if it really is. If that’s the case, then picking something else won’t hurt you, and will only help.
  2. Come up with twenty vocabulary words associated with this thing (for example, if you chose baseball, you might write down “baseball glove, dugout,” etc). You can include a mix of nouns, adjectives, and verbs, though it’s probably best to get a little heavy on the noun side of things since we’ll be focusing on nouns, first (nouns are people, places, or things).
  3. You do not need to fill out the “In Japanese” and “reading” sections (yet). That’s coming soon. It’s important that you figure out 20 vocabulary words associated with this subject. If you can’t figure out 20 things right away, try moving a step out and include more “secondary” objects as well. For example, in the case of “baseball” I might pick vocab like “hot dogs” or “fans.”

After you’ve filled these portions of the worksheet out, move on to the next step.

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