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Japanese Study Progress Is Tetris — 5 Comments

  1. Thank you for the article. I feel I hit that intermediate stage of my Japanese and every new thing that I learn it takes me a while to understand it. Sometimes, I understand it but I can’t use it or output. I glad I am not the only one who feels or has felt like this way. :)

  2. Love the analogy. My learning process seems to be somewhat similar to what you’re saying; it’s just that I’ve never really realized it until reading this article. I would cover some grammar, not quite understand, forget about it, move forward. Then later on, when an accumulation of knowledge would build up, that covered grammar would make me have that “Ah-HAH!” moment.

  3. Wow, really amazing post (and I’m pretty impressed by how speedy it was, considering that the discussion that motivated it was pretty recent).
    It’s quite impressive how good a metaphor tetris is for the post initial stages of japanese learning… It just works on so many levels… Except, unlike with tetris, pieces can often pass through other pieces to get to where they should be :P

  4. THIS IS SO TRUE! MY GAPS OF UNDERSTANDING ARE PERFECTLY DISPLAYED AS A MISSING BLOCK ON THE BOTTOM ROWS! Ah this made my happy that the Tetris analogy perfectly describes my journey atm but now I know that I shouldn’t worry and that once I clear the row I am on now I will get to it and finally clear it.

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