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Mongensho! Is It A New Pokemon? No! It’s A Technique!

Posted June 10th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

Mongensho, doesn’t mean anything now but once you are done reading this, you will know what I mean.

While studying with my virtual language partner from the Ukraine, we have come up a great way to review Japanese vocabulary while giving it a snappy name! (Which is not a name of a Pokemon.)

“Well….what is it?”  It’s Mongensho! (Mongensho =聞言書 = Listen, Say, Write)

We use this little technique to review new vocabulary we have studied.

So, how do we do we review?

Follow these steps:

1)      With accompanying audio, hear how the word is pronounced in native Japanese.

2)      Say it out loud to mimic the native pronunciation.

3)      And finally, write it out on a piece of paper.

4)      Repeat this process for every word you want to review.

Remember to pause the audio in-between each word to give you plenty of time to repeat it and write it out before moving onto the next word

Also, be sure to know your full Kana tables and stroke order of the Kanji characters before you write it out. (As I would already assume that you are somewhat already familiar with writing the word before you review it.)

A great place I like to go to for stroke order diagram is to go to:

I have found that this technique helps me with visualize the word when I hear the audio without the textbook accompanying it.

I am almost certain that if I had started this technique from the beginning, I would be able to hand-write more Japanese in letters and my journal a lot more proficiently.

I feel to really understand a language, one must study all aspects for the language, which includes being able to read and write it.

Try it out and see if it works for you. See you all next Friday!

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