Goldlist Method #2

I planned to distill my first 25 words on the 27th of June, but we all know that things hardly go as planned don’t we?

Did my first distillation today from 25 words to 17 words.
How did I feel about it?
Honestly, I was “Did I even learn these words before?” for most of the words.
So… things aren’t looking good so far.
As for the words that I felt were somehow in my memory, are words that I already somewhat know even before doing this goldlisting… so I don’t have an accurate idea as to whether this really works. Yet.

Next distillation will be on the 23rd of July if all goes as planned.
Maybe I’ll sneak in another 25 words on the 14th of July or so.

Ancient Provinces of Japan

When I was reading up on Bakumatsu (the final years of the Edo period), I realised that although I have heard of place names like Satsuma, Choshu, Tosa, Saga, and the like, I haven’t really tried to match them to their relevant modern prefectures. So I went searching for a map of the ancient provinces of Japan and managed to find a clear one. It’s nice to be able to see all the pieces fitting together, as I struggle to understand a part of Japan’s history (between 1853 and 1868), just in case I need such knowledge for interpretation.

Goldlist Method #1

I was about to start Goldlisting, or rather Bronzelisting, but I realised that I didn’t have any A4 sized notebooks. I have tons of notebooks, but they are all A5… (苦笑)

So I went out to purchase three nice A4 notebooks before starting out.
Wanted to purchase bronze, silver and gold notebooks, but さすが couldn’t find any, so I bought brown, grey and red notebooks for my Bronzelist, Silverlist and Goldlist respectively.

After ensuring that no one would come and bother me, I placed aside 20 minutes to start on my first 25 words. I read them out loud as I wrote them down, then read everything once more before closing the book. It took about 18 minutes-ish.

Planning to distill them on the 27th of June 🙂

New Methods of Remembering

Language learning still opens the door to new discoveries even after years and years of self-studying. It’s really amazing. Today, I learnt of two new methods of remembering that I have never heard before. They are called the Iversen Method and the Goldlist Method. There is no connection between them whatsoever though.

The Iversen Method gets you to remember five words at one go. It is effective in that you don’t just remember words flashcard by flashcard, as we tend to forget them straight after we are done with them.

The Goldlist Method is harder to understand, and I am rather sceptical as to → Read more


I’m having soooo much fun looking into and learning the dialect of my prefecture!
There is a website dedicated to teaching it, a seminar thread on togetter and even someone who tweets the dialect’s grammar on twitter! I also bought five LINE stamp sets of the dialect, and am picking it up fast from using them!