So I watch a lot of anime. Shocker. The other day I was watching Aggretsuko on Netflix and something clicked. I started to hear all the little sounds to the words. Still not understanding anything, but I could now hear all the sounds instead of a blur. Then I found I could identify some of the words I was learning on WK. “Hey,” I said, “she just said the word for ‘fix’! I know that one!” I think it helps that Aggretsuko has real-life vocab instead of “anime-vocab” (work/relationship situations rather than giant robots powered by determination or some such). I can’t wait until the sounds form words for me.
P.S. - how do I put Japanese characters in my posts? Do you all go to Google translate and copy and paste?