June 6th – Day 36

This is a summary of the 90 days challenge that I started a while back. The challenge covered 3 areas; health/weight, work, and Japanese.

My current weight is 167LBS. Need to lose 7 more pounds. Losing the first set of pounds was relatively straight forward, just work out and eat healthy. Now even though I have been eating good and working out regularly my weight is fluctuating between 166LBS and 170LBS. I may have reached a balance point where I need to go beyond the regular working out/eating healthy routine. I gotta get hungry and watch my calorie intake 🙂

Work is going well. With E3 coming up, we have been busy preparing for it. Also a couple of trips coming up end of June and mid July. Those trips usually totally mess up my challenge schedule. So I figure I will extend the challenge deadline whenever I have a trip or any other emergencies.

Kanji is the hardest part of the challenge and been kicking my butt. Reading the Kanji is not an issue once you learn the vocab but remembering how to write it is another story. I came up with a few techniques to improve the learning process but really it comes down to putting the time to learn. The Kanji set for this week is:

強盗:ごうとう robber, mugger, robbery, burglary
強い:こわい  stiff, hard, inflexible, stubborn  
強い:つよい strong
強いる:しいる to force, to compel, to coerce
盗む:ぬすむ steal
弱い:よわい weak
犯人:はんにん criminal, offender
犯す:おかす to commit (a crime), to perpetrate, to transgress, to contravene
国境:こっきょう national or state border
越える:こえる cross over, pass through
通勤:つうきん commuting to work
勤める:つとめる to work for, be employed at
代表: だいひょう Representative
航空:こうくう aviation, flying
借金:しゃっきん debt, loan
抱え:かかえ armful, employee
抱える:かかえる to hold or carry under or in the arms; to have (esp. problems, debts, etc.); to employ; to engage; to hire; (P)
潰れる:つぶれる (v1,vi,uk) to be smashed; to become useless; to cease functioning; to go bankrupt; (P)
更生:こうせい rehabilitation; regeneration; rebirth; resuscitation; reorganization; reorganization
法:ほう (n,n-suf) law; act; principle; method; mood;
法律:ほうりつ law
律:りつ (n,abbr,n-suf,ctr) law (esp. ancient East Asian criminal code); regulation; vinaya (rules for the monastic community); Ritsu (school of Buddhism); lushi (style of Chinese poem)
建て直す:たてなおす to rebuild, reconstruct
裁判所:さいばんしょ courthouse
申し込む:もうしこむ (v5m,vt) to apply for; to make an application; to propose (marriage); to offer (mediation); to make an overture (of peace); to challenge; to lodge (objections); to request (an interview);
申す もうす (v5s,vt,hum) to be called; to say;
経営:けいえい (n,vs) management; administration; (P)
直接:ちょくせつ (adj-na,n-adv,adj-no) direct; immediate; personal; firsthand; (P)
原因:げんいん cause, origin, source
世界的: せかいてき global, international, world famous
争う:あらそう (v5u,vi) to compete; to contest; to contend; to quarrel; to argue; to dispute; to be at variance; to oppose; (usu. in negative form) to deny (e.g. evidence); (P)
争う:あらがう (v5u,vi) to go against; to fight against; to oppose; to resist; to deny
景気:けいき business, condition
自体:じたい itself
地域:ちいき area, region
抗議運動:こうぎうんどう (n) protest campaign; demonstration
抗議 こうぎ (n,vs,adj-no) protest; objection; (P)
抗 こう (pref) anti-
少なくとも: すくなくとも at least
武器:ぶき weapon, arms, ordnance
無理矢理: むりやり (adv,n,ateji) forcibly; against one’s will; (P)
無理 むり (adj-na,n,vs) unreasonable; impossible; overdoing; (P)
無 むち (adj-na,n) ignorance; (P)
無 む (n,pref) nothing; naught; nought; nil; zero; un-; non-
運動:うんどう motion, exercise
政府:せいふ government, administration
抑え込む:おさえこむ (v5m) to shut out one’s opponents; to stop the other side from scoring
抑え おさえ (n) weight (e.g. paperweight); rear guard; control; check; pressure
抑える おさえる (v1,vt) to pin something down; to hold something down; to hold something back; to stop; to restrain; to curb; to seize; to grasp; to arrest; to gain control of something; (P)
抑 そもそも (conj,uk) in the first place; to begin with; from the start; originally;
浴びる:あびる to bathe, to shower, to bask in the sun
農村:のうそん agricultural community, farm, village
貧しい:poor needy
生活:せいかつ (n,vs) living; life (one’s daily existence); livelihood; (P)
生 なま (adj-no,adj-na,n,n-pref,col,abbr,pref) raw; uncooked; fresh; natural; unedited; unprocessed; crude; unprotected (i.e. not wearing a condom); live (i.e. not recorded); inexperienced; unpolished; green; impudence; (P)
都市:とし town
差: さ difference, variation
交換し:こうかんし exchange
追い抜く: おいぬく (v5k,vt) to pass (a car); to outdistance; to outsail; to outstrip; (P)
追う:おう (v5u,vt) to chase; to run after; to pursue; to follow (i.e. a set order, a trend); to drive out; to oust; to expel; to drive (i.e. a herd); (in passive voice) to be pressed (for time, etc.); (P)

June 1st – Day 31

The 90 days challenge is still on. Trips and getting sick got in the way, but I won’t let that bring me down. Back on track. I managed to get down to about 167LBS which means I only need to lose 7 more pounds to be at my target 160LBS.

Things at work are going well. I have another trip coming up to Japan pretty soon. I’m hoping to be able to give presentations in Japanese at some point. The technical language needed for a presentation is way beyond me right now so I need to start practicing. I should include that as part of my challenge and incorporate it in my everyday routine.

Kanji is the hardest part of my 90 days challenge and I am learning new ways to become more effective at it. The best way to actually memorize the Kanji is to always associate it with a number of things. I noticed that when a I create a brain map for a character, its much easier to memorize it and recognize it quickly.

Grouping and classifying words really works. When I see a character, I get an instant flash of the whole group that it belongs to instead of just that one character. The problem is that brain maps are very complex and writing them down on paper (while great because of its muscle memory association) is just too time consuming. I started using Free Brain Map software called Free Mind but its taking too much time to do things effectively with it. I need to research more brain mapping software and see which one really fits my learning style.

For today, the Kanji words are (some Kanji characters are new to me, I will tally them up later):

映画: a movie
写真: a picture
趣味: hobby
音楽: music
料理: cooking
番組: program
思考力: thinking power
原色: primary color
白鳥: swan
黒板: blackboard
赤字: deficit
特色:a characteristic
上映する:to show a movie
映す:to reflect
画家:a painter
画面:a screen
原料:raw materials
画数:stroke number
天気予報:weather forecast
記号:symbol, sign
説明する:to explain
動作:action, behavior
自動詞:intransitive verbs
他動詞:transitive verbs
寝台車:sleeping car
遊ぶ: play
遊園地:amusement park
返事:answer, reply