Hello. I am half way through Course 1. I find retaining information difficult. I can remember some parts from each chapter and I understand what I am reading. Does anyone have any tips to help me remember?
Have you tried quizzing yourself with the mini games available on this site? There are many games that you can play under the Games section. They make learning fun, in my opinion. Play them over and over until you always get 100%. Repetition is your friend.
Also, try to come up with words in English that would serve as remainders of the Japanese word’s meaning. For example, the word 「しゃしん」Shashin means ‘Photo’. I think about the sound the camera makes when you take a picture as a reminder of this word’s meaning. People do something similar to learn Kanji, where they create a mini story about its meaning usually related to either the radicals and/or what the Kanji looks like.
Different things to try. I use two different methods. I make my own flashcards to help me remember. If I have a lot of trouble I come up with words in english. example: I did flashcards for "older sister" and they didn't work. I watch stargate and one chactar is called "una". Una is the first, so I use it to remember older sister because they sound alike.