In the previous column, I talked about the importance of learning words in order to develop communication skills in colloquial Japanese. Japanese learners already know basic words for everyday things such as “station,” “park,” and “school,” in their native languages. They can easily and enjoyably increase the number of words they can use by learning how to memorise Japanese words by using phonics derived from such words in their native language.
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Picking up from where I left off, I will introduce how to effectively use MAMA cons and how to review them to fix them firmly in your memory.
How to use MAMA cons to accelerate memorization
There are five tips for learning words using MAMA cons. In this issue, I would like to introduce the fourth.
4. Learn all the words you want to remember with an original story made with MAMA Cons.
When there are multiple words you want to remember that fall under the same category (days of the week, months, time periods, etc.), you can memorize all these related words at once by creating an original story centered around the MAMA con that are common to those words.
For your reference, here is an example of a story that incorporates the terms for the days of the week. I invented a story taking the theme of youbi ’s yo MAMA con “yoga” as days of the week in Japanese, such as “getsu,” “ka ,” are always suxed with the word “youbi .”
【Story Theme: Yoga Week for a Healthy Body】
A very famous yoga teacher from Sri Lanka holds a yoga class at a shrine.
MAMA cons representing each day of the week, such as geisha on a Monday (getsu’youbi ), kangaroos on a Tuesday (ka’youbi ), sushi shokunin on a Wednesday (sui’youbi ), work hard to build up a healthy physique through early morning yoga and meditation.
This is a great way to make word learning fun, as you can learn the words naturally while thinking of a story.
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After learning Chinese (Mandarin) and Cantonese, Akiri worked with speech software (speech recognition / speech synthesis), branding, and marketing for overseas markets in the commercial sector.
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