Amazon.co.jp launched its Kindle store last month. When I logged into my US account today to see if the next Dresden Files book had come out yet, I saw a message telling me that I can consolidate my Japanese and US Kindle libraries.
Great news, indeed. However, it looked like I couldn’t have it attached to both accounts at once. I clicked the “Learn more” link, which led me to a page with only a little more detail, and ended up chatting with a customer service agent to get more details.
One of my professors in the Japanese department here at UAF gave me the opportunity to take a JLPT N2 practice test. I did rather poorly on it. As I suspected would be the case, my lacking vocabulary was at the heart of all the problems I had with the test.
I have too heavy a class load to make it worthwhile to study heavily and try to take the JLPT this year; even if I were willing to sacrifice my grades in the attempt, the air fare to Seattle is too expensive to be worth it if I fail. Just because I’m unwilling to cram, however, that doesn’t mean that I have no intention of stepping up my studies a bit. I have several resources at my disposal which have barely been tapped, including several books.
April 18, 2019 edit: Now rebranded as iKnow, the service is no longer completely free.
In a nutshell: Smart.fm is a free, web-based flash card service. If you crack the nutshell open to get a look at the details of how it works, though, it’s far better than that. Here, let the official Smart.fm video introduction explain what I mean.
Note: The video was taken down after the rebrand. They don’t seem to have a video anymore, but the company has a features page.
Smart.fm is not the only software based on spaced repetition. It does, however, have a few advantages over the other ones I’ve tried.