S2 Ep11. 勉強のコツ


Hello, this is episode 11 of season 2 of my podcast. I am currently studying Social Education Management at university. The number of university textbooks is increasing and I am running out of space on my bookshelves. I prefer e-books to paper books for textbooks. But I like going to bookshops.


In a recent Japanese class, there was a question about etiquette when visiting temples and shrines. When entering a Muslim mosque, you must not wear usugi. ‘Usugi’ (light clothing) means not wearing much clothing. For example, summer clothing. Wearing a lot of clothes is called ‘atsugi’ (heavy clothing). In Japan, more than 60% of people are not religious, so the rules regarding religion are not very strict. When praying at a temple, you bow once, keeping your hands clasped in front of your chest. At shrines, you bow twice, then clap your hands twice and bow again at the end. When praying at a temple, you must not clap your hands.


I sometimes write articles for the italki newsletter. These are not articles for people studying Japanese, but for teachers who teach Japanese. I’m writing about how to make your classes more effective. Recently, I have often had the opportunity to think about study methods. In today’s class, I discussed with a student what kind of study methods are efficient. He said that if you read the same book 100 times, your memory of the book will be deeper (more integrated into your long-term memories). I thought this was an interesting method. I think the most important thing in studying is to keep going. As long as you keep at it, you will never be bad at it. It’s like staying healthy as long as you keep exercising. It is important to be good at it, but I think the most important thing is to keep going.


This weekend I will be going to a yakiniku restaurant with my student (a special type of restaurant where there is a small barbecue on each table to grill the meat). I’m very much looking forward to it. Well, I think that’s it for today. See you next time and thanks for listening!

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