I’ve only been learning japanese for a few weeks but I’ve been thinking about moving on to grammar. It’s frustrating to have all these examples on Wanikani and not really be able to understand anything more than the kanji I’ve already learned !
I started with the guide over at tofugu, so I’ve been naturally following it. I’ll be waiting until I’m level 10-20 on WK to start grammar since it’s what’s advised, but I started looking at their textbooks list and I realized something.
Do I really need a textbook ? I’m French, and as far as I can remember, textbooks are not how I learned english. Sure, we had them in school, but I never paid attention in class and I was already ahead ever since 6th grade anyway. No, the reason I learned english was because I pirated games and could only find most of them in english. I was forced to, and as I learned english I started naturally downloading more and more stuff in english and visiting english websites, forums, etc… and I didn’t even want to, originally. I used to hate english when I started learning it in school.
So what about doing this for japanese ? Learning grammar rules, and then just jumping in. Reading japanese novels, manga, watching anime or japanese youtubers or whatnot, playing online games on japanese servers, etc… just all around bathing in japanese. I’m wondering because the first time around, with english, I did this kind of unintentionally. Maybe I just got lucky, or maybe there’s some big disadvantage to this method that I haven’t noticed yet ? Not to mention english is similar to french in many ways while japanese is really alien.
TL;DR : once you’ve learned kanji (and you keep on learning more with wanikani) and you’ve learnt grammar rules and their exceptions (and have a reference to check when you forget something), is there any reason to keep following a textbook rather than start right away to read, hear, type and speak japanese ? Any good resources for this method ?