Friday, 3 February 2017


Along the lines of redressing the reading-listening imbalance, I’m doing the following. I took the Japanese text with which I’m most familiar—the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone—and turned it into a word document. Then, I put each sentence on a new line. And finally I started highlighting.

So as to focus on structure, I read and decide whether each sentence’s meaning lies within my grasp. I guess I’m searching for i+1 sentences (see Krashen).

I have no ultimate aim, but it’s fun to highlight such sentences, or the longest phrases of more challenging sentences.

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