Yeah this happened with me on my Switch when I was only a year into Wanikani. I eventually switched back to English. Now, two years later, I have it on Japanese since I can actually read the menu options.
I think that the AJATT guys are trying to consume a firehose of Japanese and are relying on the law of averages to ensure that there will be some i+1 stuff in there.
A more targeted approach might serve you better.
In either case, I’d love to see it all pans out for you.
I prefer SJATT. Some Japanese all of the time. Go through some CorexK decks for vocab. Get a good chunk through Tae Kim. You don’t have to thoroughly read all of it. Just skim it over a couple times, focusing on anything that’s really interesting or you feel you’re really weak in.
If you’re going to switch a device or website or game over to JP, download or create a list of menu/UI options and their translations, and study those briefly so that you are actually seeing and reading them instead of memorizing them by silhouette and screen position.
Put on an episode of anime and alternate five minutes English subs on, 5 mins JP or no subs. You get so much more context and genre/series vocab absorbed by not completely starving yourself of your native language.
Read a cubic cr*pton of graded readers. Get used to reading and engaging with the language at simple levels, and you’ll have less strain and fatigue trying to work with more difficult materials later. Reading Japanese is a different skill than comprehending Japanese. You don’t have to burn yourself out trying to flounder in both skills at the same time. Build up the easier skill, reading, and then use your reading skill to immerse and build more vocab and comprehension.
Switch over and do some textbook or app exercises when immersion starts making your brain feel like a wet noodle.
Treat Japanese like you’re bodybuilding. You don’t actually lift weights at full intensity for hours per day. You work specific areas, with different intensities. The hard intensities you don’t actually maintain for long periods. Most people can’t go high intensity high reps for extended periods and expect not to risk injury or burnout.
Just to clarify, I only meant to use alternating subs and graded readers to get over the initial hump. Once you can read and listen at that level comfortably, up the challenge. Try to find anime with Japanese subtitles and find more challenging things to read.
That brings me to the listening component. You don’t want to just listen to anime or narrated graded readers, but something that has natural speech with a native target audience, like podcasts and Japanese YTubers (not language instruction videos).
All-in-all though, it doesn’t sound like a bad plan. Just don’t make it an ironclad rule that you have to study X amount of Y subject per day. Keep it flexible. Your mood for what you’re going to be more receptive to will change from day to day.
Yeah, that all makes sense. My plan is to start with graded readers then move to the various WK reading clubs, starting with the Absolute Beginner club.
Also, the podcasts I am currently listening to are the likes of Nihongo Con Teppei, Small Talk Japanese & Teppei and Noriko. So they are mostly if not all Japanese conversations at a slower yet natural pace. I’m using them for passive and active immersion.
Try to find anime with Japanese subtitles
This is a hard one! I am signed up to Crunchy Roll and I also tried various sources and almost none have Japanese Subtitles!
Just don’t make it an ironclad rule that you have to study X amount of Y subject per day. Keep it flexible.
Very true, I think this will be more of a guideline than a solid routine. Just to make sure I’m covering all bases without strictly sticking to them. Some days WK will give me less reviews, when I level up it may be higher. I can then use that time to do more reading or grammar review and vice versa.
Was my post flagged because I mentioned a certain streaming site? It’s strange, because I have talked about it in the past. Either way, we aren’t gatekeepers of intellectual property and I want the post restored.
Aye all your questions are answered in the thread, but the quick and short of it is:
flags are done by the community, not the mods, although a mod review does happen for every flag, but that’s the main reason for the inconsistency
after a certain number of flags, the post is automatically hidden
I mean technically that falls under the community guidelines for the forum, but I suppose you’ll have to wait for a mod review or tag them and plead your case. The latter may result in a thread lock though.
I actually looked into the history and controversy surrounding that unnamed site. I didn’t realize it was such a thing. I only caught wind that it was blocked in Australia. Anyway, I withdraw my griping about it. I was under the impression they were operating in a grey area by paying a license fee in a specific region but not making their site region-specific (I assumed that’s what they used the user donations for). Assumptions are funny that way. Turns out, their “NPO” isn’t paying anyone any licensing fees anywhere.
Personally I prefer watching without subs, both because watching with subs on takes away from the listening practice and because it’s easier to get hung up on the subs (e.g. try to figure out some part of a sentence while the audio is already moving on).
When I was somewhere between N5 and N4, I watched some easy Slice of Life anime, put the audio onto an mp3 player and listened to it again. You’re going to be surprised how much more you understand the second and third time around. (Simply because you didn’t catch it the first time)
In general, passively listening to something you have actively listened to before really helped in terms of listening practice. Give something your full attention once, then listen to it again while doing the dishes, grocery shopping, exercising… Lots of time in the day where you can cram in passive listening.
What, no. We all use VPNs for the enhanced security they provide. Totally legit.
Yeah, I personally have no problems with it, but I also don’t want to do anything that gets the WK in hot water so I can respect their stance on the issue. And if you think flagging is inconsistent, the draconian application of copyright enforcement is worse.
I don’t think you need to go that far. Just searching in Japanese should do it. You do have to be able to navigate the web in Japanese so there’s a barrier to entry.
I meant in the context of accessing services that offer geo-isolated content. It’s against their ToS and is a circumvention of viewing the content allowable in your region - so no different than Animelon.
While alo was obviously kidding, depending on the country, there is a rather large difference in legality. In many countries streaming pirated anime is illegal and punishable by law, while using a VPN on Netflix is only against ToS and gets you banned of their platform at worst. In terms of the law, responsibility lies with Netflix to make sure you can’t circumvent geo restrictions.
(Will obviously vary depending on where one lives)