Monthly Archives: December 2011

How To Leverage What You Read: Furuichi Tip #3 「読書のコツとは?」

Break out the soy sauce, because Samurai Mind Online is lost in translating another Japanese source today!  In this chapter of 1日30分」を続けなさい!人性勝利の勉強法55 Learn to Win by Yukio Furuichi (古市幸雄)  asks the simple question,  what is the best way to read?  

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Keep Your Mind on Samurai Shuffle

  I was one of those guys that resisted getting an iPod for what seems like an eternity.  Then, I started trying to learn Japanese and realized what a relic I was walking around town with a cassette deck or … Continue reading

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Samurai Mind Goes Bowling

I haven’t gone bowling in years, but three weeks ago I was back at it, funny shoes and all.  I think I’ve played mini-golf more times than I’ve gone bowling, and that isn’t saying much. I only played two games.  … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t (Samurai) Mind Paying Library Fines

Okay, not completely true.   When I forget to turn in my daughter’s DVD of, let’s say, Barbie:  A Fairy Secret (a cinematic tour de force-harrumph!) and am asked to fork over six bucks, my heart doesn’t sing.    But then I … Continue reading

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Spaced Repetition Systems: How to Forget About Remembering

When in doubt, space it out.  Spaced repetition is a simple habit that has turbo charged my language learning.  Now I am using it to shake other things in my life.  

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Samurai Notebooks of the Mind

Spaced-repetition, the final frontier.   To boldly go where no samurai notebook has gone before. I’ve used notebooks for a long time.   For a while, I was doing “morning pages”, a method popularized by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way.  (I … Continue reading

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Samurai Time is on Your Side

Yeah, sing it, just like the Rolling Stones. “Sa-mu-rai Time is on my side! Yes it is!”  Don’t know how to sing?  That’s okay, sing it badly.  Don’t know who the Rolling Stones are?  Abandon all hope ye who enter. … Continue reading

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Keep Your Battery Charged: A Little A Day Keeps Your Skills Great

20歳であれ、80歳であれ、誰でも學ぶことをやめてしまえば老人になる。學ぶことをやめなければいつでも若さを保てる。人生で最も重要なことは心を若く保つことだ。 Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest (lit: most important) thing in life is to keep your mind young.  Furuichi Tip:「太く短く」より「細かく長く」のほうが簡単! Samurai Dose of Soy Translation:  A … Continue reading

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Samurai Book Review: 1日30分を続けなさい!Each Day 30 Minutes. Learn to Win!

「1日30分」を続けなさい!人性勝利の勉強法55 Learn to Win 古市幸雄 Furuichi Yukio Furuichi Tip #1:   Timing is Essential First a note on how I found this book.  I knew through the All Japanese All the Time website that if I wanted to learn Japanese, I “needed” (dwa–dangerous … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Dutch: Career Advice from A Samurai

Suzuki Shosan (1579-1655) who had fought as a samurai in the battles of Sekihagara and Osaka argued that in the life of commoners, ordinary, daily work, could lead to enlightenment.   What mattered was internal attitude; when this was properly adjusted … Continue reading

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