The Pokémon Mega Challenge

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Hi, everyone, how are you doing?

It’s been quite a while since my last post but I don’t feel guilty at all. I’ve been studying a lot lately and, since m last post, I’ve improved a lot. I’ve been doing a sort of power-leveling, because I’ve give myself a challenge: to master all Kanji before buying the new Pokémon game.

For those who don’t know, I learned English playing Pokémon, and I’m kind of Poké-holic even today. And every generation that arrives I’m more and more fan.
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On repetitions.

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Anki is not real Japanese, it’s just repetition.

Repeating a lot will not take you anywhere, it’s an outdated method of studying… Or at least this is what some people use to say.

Let’s listen to a samurai’s voice in it, shall we?

In the dojo, we focus on reps in order to build confidence, muscle memory and rhythm in the student’s technique. We don’t have hours to spend; only a finite number of reps. My Sensei wrote an essay in the mid 80’s discussing this subject and he stated that you can say a martial technique is yours after you have done it approximately 10,000 times.

These are not my words they are Shane Fielder‘s. And he’s a really experienced modern times samurai.

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The Way of the Word

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The Way of the Word demands as much discipline as the Way of the Sword.

Sometimes it’s really difficult. Sometimes you don’t want to keep going, but you just know you have to.

Musashi says we have to practice with the sword every day, until it’s like an extension of our arm. The same is true for the Word. We have to be in contact with the language as much as we can, so it’s going to be as natural to our brain as our mother tongue is.

Currently, studying Nihongo is part of my everyday life. I go to work by train and go back home through the same means. Thus, I have more or less three and a half idle hours, and I use them to study.
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The Journey’s beginning

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imagesHello, everyone, and welcome to my journey.

I’m a 26-year-old English teacher, married, Brazilian. I have learned English by myself, reading Harry Potter books and playing Pokémon Red, so I fully believe it’s possible to achieve native level of proficiency in a language without ever needing to step a foot out of your country.

Despite learning English, my lifelong dream has always been to learn Japanese. I’m in love with animes, mangas and J-music since I first heard the Neon Genesis Evangelion Opening. Two years ago, I’ve started my journey into Japanese mastery, but approached it in a completely wrong way, and then stopped.

With JALUP, I’ve decided to give it another go, resetting everything and start it anew, through a new light, the Bushido light.
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