Greatsaintlouis wrote:I had initially tried to build up the internal database, but I'm finally coming to terms with the realization that it just doesn't work for me. The only vocab/kanji/grammar I retain is the stuff I come across in real life a few times, because then it's easier to form an attachment between some abstract bit of language and a real-world use.
That's exactly what I want to do: acquire new vocabulary from Japanese media (e.g. video games) and create my own personal vocabulary deck to be reviewed on Anki (which you mentioned) in the future. Although my Core 6000 deck is mature now (give or take a few hundred vocab), my memorisation of those 6000 words were mostly "cold" and rote (a concept I'm sure many hate).
My intention of making the custom vocab deck is as you said, to provide the "emotional attachment" (for lack of a better word) that pre-made vocab decks lack which improves the memorisation process. I have a few Anki-related issues though which I'm seeking advice on at the moment.
If I get the solutions I seek, then the future of me playing the visual novel games in this thread may be closer than anticipated.
Greatsaintlouis wrote:Unfortunately, at that time I was a kid trying to make my way through adult books; now, I'm more or less an adult, and Doraemon-level stuff is enough to make me break a sweat from exertion.
Indeed, as Japanese-learning gaijins, it can be argued that "children's" books (a misnomer as far as language learning is concerned) are just as challenging as young adult/adult books. Yes, children's books contain less Kanji but they make up for it in reasonably long strings of hiragana-only sentences or worse, katakana-only (Famicom Legend of Zelda comes to mind). If one wishes to read children's media, then a decent internal database of vocabulary is necessary (or at least reasonable knowledge of grammar so one knows when a word starts and finishes in order to search for it in a dictionary).
Anki... I honestly don't know what I'd do without it.
Ankidroid (for Android) is pretty much worth buying a smartphone for. Now you can make good use of that 1 hour commuting time or while waiting in line at a bank or whatever.