So lately I've been all about Facebook. Games, social network integration, applications, and more. It's awesome.
Of course, I did a search for "Japanese" in their applications section. Most of what came up was not useful to me. Low level words-a-day and such.
One app stood out. Kanji Box, by Dave du Verle.
This little app doesn't encourage passive learning by slapping a random kanji on your profile page. Oh no. You actually have to do the drills and the quizzes to get anything out of it.
The drills, I haven't used much. But I will soon, once I've finished proving to Kanji Box all I really know of the kanji and vocab it's quizzing me on.
The quizzes are kind of fun. Multiple choice. Choose from the four kanji or 単語 the one that matches the English (if it's a kanji quiz, you're also given the multiple readings of the kanji). The quizzes go up in difficulty in 9 "waves." Within each wave, you must keep a score of 60% or higher, or the quiz will stop. This is good; it can be exasperating when you just don't know any of the options and have no clues.
After you take a bunch of quizzes, there are a couple of ways to figure out which ones you don't know. First off, you can just do the Drills. They're supposed to skew towards the kanji/vocab you did poorly on. Or you can Export the ones you didn't get right. I haven't used either of these features.
What I did my last session was go down to the JLPT4 level, just to prove to myself I really had all of that. And to prove it to Kanji Box.
The mysterious thing, though, was that the JLPT4 quiz had a few waves of completely unfamiliar vocabulary. Was this some bizarre trick on Dave's part? Or were they really JLPT4 level?
So curious was I that I copied all of the ones I didn't know. Some of them I got right (but just on hunches based on the radicals I knew), but a lot of them I just did not know. Are these JLPT4?
論議 [ろんぎ] - discussion, argument
開発 [かいはつ] - development, exploitation
輸出 [ゆしゅつ] - export
削減 [さくげん] - cut, reduction, curtailment
記録 [きろく] - record, minutes, document, a record (e.g., in sports), results, score, to record, to document, to set a record (e.g., in sports), to show a result, to reach a value
攻撃 [こうげき] - attack, strike, offensive, criticism, censure
監督 [かんとく] - supervision, control, superintendence, director, superintendent, supervisor, coach, foreman, manager, overseer, controller, boss
原則 [げんそく] - principle, general rule
方向 [ほうこう] - course
対応 [たいおう] - interaction, correspondence, coping with, dealing with, support
調査 [ちょうさ] - enquiry
降る [くだる] - to get down, to descend
降りる [おりる] - to alight (e.g., from bus)
連合 [れんごう] - union, alliance, combination
当時 [とうじ] - at that time, in those days
見通し [みとおし] - perspective, unobstructed view, outlook, forecast, prospect, insight, foresight
全体 [ぜんたい] - whole, entirety, whatever (is the matter)
革命 [かくめい] - revolution
国境 [こっきょう] - national or state border
制裁 [せいさい] - restraint, sanctions, punishment
要求 [ようきゅう] - demand
希望 [きぼう] - hope, wish, aspiration
公演 [こうえん] - public performance
発展 [はってん] - development, growth
結論 [けつろん] - conclusion
財源 [ざいげん] - source of funds, resources, finances
協調 [きょうちょう] - cooperation, conciliation, harmony, firm (market) tone
逆転 [ぎゃくてん] - (sudden) change
俳優 [はいゆう] - actor, actress, player, performer
疑問 [ぎもん] - doubt
権限 [けんげん] - power, authority, jurisdiction
生命 [せいめい] - existence