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  1. Tay

    Happy Birthday!

  2. I sort of miss my PSP when I see games like Sword Art Online being made for it. Has anyone played it yet? Also, I'm planning on purchasing a Natsume Rin Nendoroid, I just ordered Kurdryavka Noumi too. I will be stalking some websites for a preorder starting tomorrow.. I don't really have a figure collection as of yet, but this may be the start of it.
  3. Day 22 Update Day 22, right? Think so.. This is the final hours of my spring break week and I can honestly say that is did not feel like a break. Time to review and refresh my plan.. This will be a longer post, so I do apologize ahead of time. Currently, I am at 350 Kanji characters. This time I will state that I am way behind schedule on my original plan. I am fairly disappointed that I could not get near my goal even considering that I am late on providing the update.. The good thing is that the method is effective and I am remembering what I have reviewed and studied. So, here is what has happened. In response to my parents wishes and my further well-being, I am now enrolled in karate lessons for self-defense training. While I do maintain healthy jogging practices, I have not trained in such ways that involve physical strength before. The first week has thrown me completely off-balance with the one-on-one introduction classes; I found myself fatigued to the point where I would fall asleep before my study times and over-slept in the morning hours. On top of that, I've had an increase in daily requests for computer assistance from neighbors and other family matters to attend to which has taken up some more time. Basically, it was a really complicated and exhausting week and I will admit that whatever free time I did have was not spent as productively as I'd hope. Moving on, there has been big news today which has introduced new opportunities and challenges. I have been offered acceptance to Rutgers University for a Japanese Studies major as a transfer student. I'm pretty excited about it, and it has given me a strong boost of motivation to move forward. So here is where I stand in the days to come. I will have to work as much as possible at my job for a strong income, (As you can imagine, college is not as affordable as one may hope for) so I may pick up extra hours where it is acceptable. With that, I am still attending my community college as a full-time student. Now I will be adding 3 Karate classes a week to the schedule. I would still like to fit in 25/Kanji characters a day with a review if at all possible, which is the equivalence of approximately~ 2/hours a day of studying. I will probably have to move some study times to the middle of the day during my class breaks. It is getting difficult now, but I'm determined to get this right. Also, Rutgers University is likely to include their own strategies of teaching Japanese. My primary goal is to attempt to complete the 2200 Kanji characters before placement testing in an effort to bypass some introductory classes and to keep these self-studies separate from class-studies, as recommend by Heisig in his RtK book. I've calculated it out and I will need to stay at about 25/per day to complete that goal. So that is where I am at right now. Slight disappointment from the past week but I am hopeful for the weeks ahead. The method has proved to be effective and the community here is everything that I'd wish for. I've skimmed through some of the newly updated blog entries. Even though I did not get to comment on them just yet, because I'm simply slow at writing comments, everyone is doing a fantastic job. I'm really motivated by you all. I'd like to say "thank you" for the kindness and support that you've shown to me and this community is simply awesome. Keep it up, everyone! I will do my best too. I believe that I just need to adjust and refocus myself to the tasks ahead of me. My goal for next Sunday will stay at 500 Kanji characters, but this time I plan to exceed that goal.
  4. I have too, but the knowledge just wasn't sticking with me. Rosetta stone was throwing too many random phrases and characters in the mix trying to cover everything at once it seemed (Grammar, Characters, Speaking, Reading) which may work for some people but not so much for me.. Nor did I have the motivation that this community has provided. I'm very grateful to be a part of this challenge. I've progressed much more in the past two weeks compared to 2 months with Rosetta Stone.
  5. I would highly recommend reading Tay's latest update to his blog. He has included some good advice about getting back on track and staying focused. But to hear that you are still going at the Kanji is great news. School consumed a lot of my time in the past two weeks and there were days that I could not even study the Kanji. I believe that it is important to set that time of day that you will study and make a habit of doing it. I don't think I could check for errors in your first 100 lines, but I'm looking forward to reading it anyway when you have them complete. That's a good goal to reach for. And around 720 characters, you're nearing the halfway mark. That's a lot of progress!
  6. Welcome to the group, Kisaragi! I love how you thought out your goal as 100 Kanji in 2 days, new perspectives can give you a boost of motivation. I'll be cheering you on throughout your studies. When learning at a higher pace, reviews can make a very large impact on how well you remember the characters. But if you do ever become stuck throughout your studies, you can be sure the community here will have some great advice too keep you going. Best of luck!
  7. Waking up in the morning is so difficult.. I said that I would wake up in the morning and I still have a lot of trouble with it. (I even have 20 alarms set... Literally) Your posts and updates are always inspiring and supportive. My support goes out to you and all of individuals studying Kanji. I was going to write a longer and in-depth reply but I share the same opinions as Ryoji. The community here is amazing and the support that everyone contributes helps to create a healthy environment for Fuwanovel. I believe that everyone can complete the challenge. Your passion for learning and desires to maintain a healthy lifestyle will be a major benefit during your studies. We're all with you on this, keep up the amazing work and thank you for supporting us as well. What we are creating and learning here is something that will stay with us for our entire lives.
  8. Wow, there are a lot of good movies listed up here already. I have not seen Hachi but I really need to.. Perhaps I will order it. But yes, Tay, I will agree with you that Shindler's List was a life-changer. Ryoji's movies are very good choices as well. I really enjoyed 5 cm per Second, Makoto Shinkai's works are all very impressive.
  9. Day 12 Update Here is my "Day 12" update. It was supposed to be posted two days ago but I was quite busy. Funny story actually, seeing that I wrote a 10 page essay that was never exactly assigned by mistake and... Anyway! That's another story, here is where I'm at. Ending today, I will be at 250 kanji characters. I'm feeling confident right now in my progress. After studying a new set of Kanji characters, I never quite get them right on the first day. But they work themselves in during the reviews. I must say, the Anki software has been a major asset to my studies. I've purchased the app on the Apple Store so that I may study on-the-go via my iPad or iPhone. Very convenient. I did fall behind on my goal for this week but it doesn't bother me at all. Just having the goal set there keeps a motivational reminder that I'm making progress. Besides, spring break is in effect for next week. That's more time to study. ...And I won't be writing anymore imaginary papers either. Based off of my original goal pattern. I'll be reaching for a goal of 500 characters during this spring break week. Thank you for the support, everyone.
  10. Much agreed. Studying something you enjoy makes it all worth it. Good job, Ryoji!
  11. This is an interesting thread. I could share some images here, I just took them with my phone. However, I have two desks. (One for my desktop and one for my laptop/schoolwork) I enjoy my main desk since I somehow fit most of the things I need there: Desktop, Blu-ray player, Xbox 360, PS2, Nintendo Wii, Printer, and I just keep my laptop stacked on-top of the printer.
  12. Day 3 Update: Well, I do have to say that it has been an interesting start to these studies. Actually, it's been fairly enjoyable to study the new Kanji. However.. I do realize that I will have to make some revisions. Where I am at currently I feel positive about my studies so far. I have been following my schedule... And then some. I am currently at 125 Kanji, 25 characters off of my original rate of 50/per day. I've watched close to no anime in the past 3 days. Spent no time on visual novels in the past 3 days. Average of 3~4 hours of sleep in the past 3 days. So the result is as follows... I now realize that a rate of 50/per day leaves me no time for anything else. With work, school, and these studies now; I feel as though that there is no sense of relaxation to allow the characters to settle in. The last set of 50 started to become a blur with my tight schedule. So I've keep the pace up until this update, but as of today I will scale back to ~25/per day. So I'll consider this Day 3 goal as a mission complete. With that said, overall I think that things are looking good for the next few weeks to come. The intense start gave me a better understanding of how this learning process will work and how I can better adapt it into my lifestyle. My motivation level is still very high as well. There were two blog updates that I just viewed (CartmanJr's and Ryoji's) with positive updates. Seeing others reaching their goals is a great way to keep everyone motivated in the community. My next goal will be 300 Kanji by my next update in one week. Until then~
  13. Congratulation Ryoji! After reading through your blog updates, I see that you have made some great progress over the past month. 800 Kanji is the next step. I have complete confidence that you'll hit this and all of the future goals to come, keep it up.
  14. Much agreed, slowing down can help you understand things better. A key factor is that you've missed 0 days. That's dedication, and you'll go much farther with studies everyday. Good job, onward to 1000!
  15. I do have the game. I've only done a few missions as of yet, but it is very enjoyable. So far I have no complaints about it.. Although the permanent death setting is pressuring to consider every move carefully. It's an interesting feature that I have not played with before and I'm determined to beat the game without resetting myself. I'll try to go straight through it.
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