Immersion has really helped my listening and reading skills so much.
But there are many different things that people may be referring to when they use this word.
For me, as a learner, immersion is finding an area of your life that you use the Japanese language for as if you had no other choice of languages. For a long time, I thought that that thing would be news. But for the last few years, it has turned out to be 大相撲.
Sumo is perfect for me:
- It holds my interest.
- Bouts are held 90 days of the year, in 6 tournaments, giving some breaks, but also anticipation of the next tournament.
- If I want to watch it live, I have to watch it in Japanese.
- The two different broadcasts vary in tone and language (Abema and NHK)
- Both broadcasts have things to read on the screen. (plus, Abema subtitles interviews in Japanese)
- It is sports. Meaning that once you can easily understand the common things they talk about every day, you can concentrate on other nuances.
- It is something that me and my partner watch together, so I have someone to share things with.
- The radio gives results each day too.
- The live broadcasts are early in the morning when I am most alert.
I know that other people have areas of their lives where they immerse themselves in Japanese., or would like to. Please share here!
(Did you know, for instance, that you can set your WK community interface to Japanese?)
Some interesting ways from below:
- Video Games
- Car racing
- Drama CD’s
- Go Commentary!
- Terrace House
- My Japanese speaking family