The Three Laws of Language Acquisition

  1. The Prime Directive: Have fun
  2. The Promise: Suck less
  3. The Path: Make contact little and often

  7 comments for “The Three Laws of Language Acquisition

  1. HC
    January 16, 2011 at 11:06

    Short. and. Sweet.

  2. January 17, 2011 at 02:45

    The 3 Ps of AJATT?

  3. January 17, 2011 at 09:48

    I’m gonna write this on my liver.

    But no, seriously; I’d say this perfectly boils All Japanese (At) the (Right) Time(s). Which happens to be all the time you have.

  4. Ken
    January 18, 2011 at 00:52

    This past week, I tried a new spin on my kanji SRS reps. I’d been doing the same 2000 kanji (Heisig vol 1) for a month and it was starting to get boring (anti-#1). I noticed that I either knew it right away, or I thought that I “should” know it and racked my brain for a whole minute before giving up.

    So I decided that was stupid (anti-#1): if I didn’t know, I shouldn’t waste 60 seconds on it. I shouldn’t waste 10 seconds on it! It’ll be back. So, new rule: you have 2 seconds to answer (#3). Even for kanji I knew pretty well, this switched me from “walk through the story”-mode into “quick, what’s the first thing you think when you see this?”-mode.

    The time needed for SRS reps, of course, went way down. Surprisingly, the percentage-correct didn’t go down at all (#2). It turns out that, most of the time, even for kanji where I was consciously using the story, it had somehow unconsciously made an association straight from shape to idea.

    And since I can get through more kanji in less time, I’m seeing all of them a lot more frequently now (#3). I don’t know that this can work for sentences, or for learning new kanji, but it makes review of old kanji much easier for me.

  5. serge
    January 18, 2011 at 17:37

    Question: can you load mnemosyne files into Anki?
    My mnemosyne is busted for a while, first it had me rehearse 900 sentences all of a sudden, then it only gives me 5 sentences to practice a day…

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