Immersion is complex. You study on your own and you immerse yourself in as much Japanese as possible. Yeah, your listening is probably improving, but when are you going to be able to speak? Everyone wants to be able to speak. Now. Waiting and hoping that it will happen one day leaves you with nothing.
I want to simplify it. You listen, listen, listen to Japanese. When will you speak?
Your ability to speak coincides naturally with your ability to understand.
Natural speaking trails very far behind listening. To be able to say something, freely, and without forced effort, you need to have:
1. Heard it
2. Understood it
3. Heard it again and again and again
So next time you are watching a TV show, and wondering why your speaking still sucks, ask yourself how much of that TV show you understand.
Have any of you experienced this and want to share your story? Or has anyone experienced something completely different?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.