I think I might be at the point where I have enough reference material. What led to this revelation was reading about a book (Naoko Chino’s sentence pattern dictionary), getting all inspired to purchase it, and then realizing I already had it and it hadn’t been off the shelf in months, while I focused exclusively on kanji. Le sigh.
That led to an idea though, which led to a question, which led to this post. I am very new to the practice of SRS. Mainly till now I’ve only used the SRS at smart.fm, which manages itself mostly, and the RTK site which isn’t really an SRS at all. Now I have downloaded my RTK progress to Anki, and also made a reverse deck with Heisig keywords for kanji recognition. Also I have a good start on Tae Kim’s grammar deck. So I have a good start, but that’s it.
So when I was looking through Chino’s book a little, I realized firstly that it was very neatly laid out for grammar study, in a way that would work nicely with the way I think about things; and secondly, that the example sentences were a great deal more realistic than Tae Kim’s, which are designed to convey the grammar point with an absolute minimum of vocabulary and no frills whatsoever.
Immediately then, I had the bright idea to study through this book and put most of the sentences into an SRS deck. It might form the nucleus of my eventual main sentence deck, but most likely would stand on its own. The doubt I have though, is, would this really be terribly useful? I’d be covering more or less the exact same ground as Tae Kim’s. Different sentences, and a simple rating of comprehension instead of production. But pretty much the same thing. It wouldn’t be a problem, I don’t think. It might even work better doing both than just one. Or it might be a waste of time and I should commence mining from non-didactic sources.
What say ye the collected wisdom?