Saturday, April 14, 2012

My new favourite item

As a language major, of course vocabulary is one of the most important parts of study. After all, if you don't know the words, how can you speak or read? Fortunately, there is this awesome website for Japanese vocabulary, Renshuu. There's studying, as well as quizzes, and it has vocabulary from a variety of Japanese textbooks, as well as JLPT. While this website is incredibly helpful, of course if there's no access to internet, well then it's useless.

And what about languages that aren't Japanese? I've recently added another language to my line-up.
Beginner's Welsh (as well as my notebooks for notes and exercises)

I came across this adorable vocabulary study book on tumblr and after some searching I found a website that sells them. Cool Pencil Case has so many cute items. They carry items for stationary (pens, pencils, erasers), Desk items (pencil cases, alarm clocks), they even have phone accessories (though those are limited!). Fortunately they had the vocabulary book I was looking for.

The prices were so good, I bought two of them. When you spend more than $10 you get free shipping to the US and Canada and $4.95 flat rate international. Pretty good deal in my opinion! I was so happy with their shipping and their prices that I will definitely be buying from them again in the future. I want to buy all the cute items, and I've actually started a list of the items I want so I can start buying them up.

Can’t study from a page full of notes? Always losing your flashcards? The Spelling Bee King Vocabulary Book is an important tool for all students, from elementary school to college! Keep all of your definitions and terms in one handy book to pass your next big exam. This book features 5 different color themes in a simple, modern design to separate key terms for each of your classes. Each page has a template to effectively organize terms in one area, and definitions in another. Included is the essential study buddy-- two plastic cards with functional cutouts to hide key terms or definitions to improve memorization!

- Planners are approximately 3.25 inches (83mm) wide by 4.75 inches (121mm) tall.

Like the product description says, it's easy to organise and study from. The cards are plastic and don't feel as if they would rip easily, and they fit into the book without poking out anywhere. There is also a section of pages at the back of the notebook where you can test yourself. Each page is lined and divided into two columns. The option of being able to cover definitions and guess from the words and vice versa is really beneficial, and these books go everywhere with me. My only complaint about the book is it don't come in any other colours. I would have really liked more colours so I could have an easy way to tell the books apart. That's easily fixed though, as you can always write down the spine what language is inside. That way if you're just grabbing and going, there's no need to stop and look inside to make sure you have the right one!

So if you're studying any sort of language and are looking for a beneficial way to study, a cute vocab book like this might be the way to go!

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