Level 1 Module 1 quizzes

AC747

Some of the quiz questions in Level 1 Module 1 ask questions about Kanji characters. I can't find any references to these Kanji in the lesson or previous lessons. Is this a subtle hint that I should not work through the lessons sequentially but skip back and forth between Interactive Audio, Language and Culture, and Writing lessons? Or a warning that Japanese writing is incredibly complex? (Hint: I already know the answer to that one!) Or am I just suppose to learn Kanji by guessing the answers to quiz questions?

Example: 1.5 quiz question 4:

Every Kanji character has a meaning. What does 田 and 中 mean?
 Rice field and Middle
 Middle and Good
 Child and Rice field
 Rice field and Good

toru e

Yeah, the quizzes sometimes include something that wasn't covered before. I'm not sure if it's a product of tweaks along the way that reshuffled content so that the order is no longer logical. I thought the same thing when I was at that section and jumped over into the kanji lessons thinking that was the order, but there are other, non-Kanji related quiz questions where the same thing happens.

AC747

Arigatou gozaimashita! I was beginning to think my  brain had turned to mush. Sometimes it feels that way after I've gone through a lesson for the first time. 

I've also noticed that they plant little nuggets of information about some of the wrong answers after you hit the reveal button. I'm planning on going back through the lessons a second time and will start making notes on some of these little gems.

Tony-S10

I have had a look but cannot find references or answers to those questions in the course yet. I am sure I saw them somewhere before. 

None the less as good as this course is, it does require additional outside study to become proficient in Japanese and I think they realise this which is why it is structured the way it is.

AC747

Tony-S10 wrote: "I have had a look but cannot find references or answers to those questions in the course yet. I am sure I saw them somewhere before. "

Oddly enough, I have the same feeling. I vaguely remember reading something (I thought in this course - but maybe somewhere else) about how Japanese names can mean different things depending on what Kanji characters the parents selected to represent the name. The name Yoshiko was used as an example with one meaning being "girl in a rice field." Or I could just be hallucinating  the whole thing after staring at the computer screen for too long!


I don't know what the etiquette is here on threads going off topic - but I'll take a chance.

Tony-S10 also wrote: "None the less as good as this course is, it does require additional outside study to become proficient in Japanese and I think they realise this which is why it is structured the way it is."

Tony, could you please expand and explain the latter half of your comment? The part about the course structure. If you think it appropriate, please start a new thread and leave a pointer in this thread for the rest of us to follow.

Cheers,
AC747

Tony-S10

I mean that whether the above content is still in the courser is irrelevant. In today's modern world people will pick up on things and learn things so not having the answers to all the questions is no major drama

Tony-S10

Just to expand on my above. I started using this course in 2015. By that time my Japanese knowledge was already above beginner level. I have kept at it and noticed the changes for the better. What this course does is present scenarios and realistic situations and a list of vocab and grammar that better the Japanese ability.

In December 2018 I took the JLPT N5 and passed it on first attempt and am taking the N4 test this coming weekend in Canberra. I would say this course has helped a lot. 

As for the quiz questions on here you can learn from the answers if you read all the examples. 

I think it is inevitable that people serious about learning Japanese will take in the language from multiple sources.

Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor

Hi AC747さん!

Thank you for pointing this out. I have passed on the issue to the development team.

Crystal

AC747

Crystal さん,

Thanks! Starting to learn a new language is very challenging. So many things that the student feels they have to master all at once. It can be very frustrating when you are trying to juggle one too many balls at once and then get tossed something that you have no hope of answering correctly. OK, that's life, and the language student has to learn to deal with these "learning opportunities." But I suggest that the first few lessons be made squeaky clean, so that the student has a chance to work down their frustration level and build a little confidence in themselves. If you have to know everything at once, the tendency is to just throw up your hands and say, "This language thing isn't going to happen. I quit!"

My two cents,
AC747

PS - Despite this little speed bump, I am enjoying this course a lot. Even though my frustration level rises and falls, I think I'll be able to stick with this and accomplish my goals.

AC747

Finally found it! The answer to the quiz question in lesson 1.5 is in lesson 1.10. I knew I'd seen it somewhere!!!

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