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A qualified failure 
24th-Feb-2007 11:23 am
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I went looking for flash-cards to quiz myself on Japanese letters (since if I don't quiz myself constantly I'll forget even the simple stuff) and failed to find any. So I came up with a really clever idea. I'd make my own. I figured I can manhandle MS Word enough to get stuff to print out back-to-back and cut it out and laminate it and -- gosh that would be way too much work, and I'm not skillful enough to cut things out smoothly enough to really work. Ok, so what I need to do is find something that is already "cut out"... something like ... BUSINESS CARDS. So I bought some (expensive) business card stock, and last night I printed the first 2 pages (Japanese letters on the first side, flip the stock over, and print the English) -- and I thought it looked pretty good... but then, before snapping them out, I set them down on my legs momentarily... and when I picked it back up again, I realized that the English-side-ink had rather run. So I set them, English-side-up to dry overnight. They sat for nearly 12 hours, and when I ran my fingers across them, they didn't seem to be running anymore. Ok. So I broke them out, shuffled them together, and quizzed myself a few times. And indeed, after a few rounds, the Clean Japanese Side of the cards was getting ink-smear from the touching Smeary English Sides. Feh. I didn't realize that the cards would only "take" ink on one side!

So my next option, I figure, is to find a similarly sized *sticker* so I can print the English side out on stickers to attach to the back of the Japanese printed business cards. Feh!
Comments 
24th-Feb-2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
You might want to try the "cheaper" business card stock that isn't enameled and glossy. I have some from Avery (#8377) for ink jet that doesn't appear to be coated.
27th-Feb-2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Good idea -- thanks. I bought what the store I was in had in stock (in Matte White) #8877. I'll keep my eyes open for the 8377.
26th-Feb-2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
We got these Kanji cards and Kana cards at Borders a few weeks ago. I'm up to the "T" combination hiragana with fair accuracy. Haven't started on the kanji yet.
26th-Feb-2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Those do look good. Thanks. Beyond what I was looking for, but quite useful.

I had gone by a Borders STORE -- I had Friends & Family coupon to get me a 20% discount, and really wanted a set late last year, but either they didn't have anything like that then, or the clerk didn't know. In class we're only really learning the Hiragana -- in Japanese-I (Community College) we got up to the H "row", but after S, my brain was full and I wasn't so good at remembering them any more. (I'd guess beyond S I'm about 50%. Sigh!) The website I have been using is not the one she recommended, but it works better for me: http://members.aol.com/writejapan/hiragana/writutor.htm.
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