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Corrects your Speaking Mistakes Through Immersion — 4 Comments

  1. My first Japanese teacher at my university never really corrected my mistakes unless it was directly what we were learning about. When I met the newly hired Japanese teacher briefly, I was surprised and excited when she corrected my Japanese. So, I really looked forward to her teaching me this semester. I’m very satisfied with how she corrects our mistakes. She knows how frustrated we are that Japanese native speakers don’t really correct out mistakes and wants to help us with that. Perhaps it’s because we really desire it that we don’t loose confidence.

    For me, I’m really at the place where I speak my mind in Japanese but make a lot of grammatical mistakes. My husband said he was at this place after living two years in America, and that when I live in Japan for two years, I won’t have this problem, since I’m already at this point. So, I’m just going to keep immersing myself while in America, and maybe I’ll even reach that point before then.

    Sometimes, the correct word or grammar is on the tip of my tongue, but just need that reminder from a native speaker. Then it’s reaffirmed in me.

      • I don’t believe so either. Just quoting what my husband said. He was just encouraging me because I was feeling down about my speaking skills and how many grammar mistakes I make while speaking. But I know with my immersion environment, my Japanese will progress even without classes or living in Japan. Speaking is a difficult issue though, because my husband doesn’t really practice with me. I recently started skyping with his mom weekly, and I will be taking trips to Japan, so I will get my speaking practice there.

        I won’t be leaving America (permanently) for awhile, though I will take visits to Japan. Originally, we were planning for me to graduate college as soon as possible. But now, we’re considering letting me double major or even get a masters degree in Anthropology, so that I could do studies on subcultures in Japan, such as deaf culture. It depends on how the Anthropology classes go.

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