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  • AdamAdam 11/21/2019 at 1:53 pm on How you Handle Plateaus is how You’ll Handle FluencySo you are human after all :) I don't think you need much of a methodical way. Immersion and shadowing, immersion and shadowing. With enough buildup over time, you'll make your breakthrough. Other things are just trying to simulate real listening. But immersion and shadowing...
  • AdamAdam 11/21/2019 at 1:48 pm on 5 Current Japanese Podcasts I Love Listening ToI don't know any specific direct transcripts, but you could just use the NHK news site alongside the podcast. Since the news is the same there as it is on the podcast.
  • AvatarAndrew 11/21/2019 at 10:02 am on How you Handle Plateaus is how You’ll Handle FluencyOh, a small example I forgot to give is this: I have temporarily quit Japanese to learn Spanish instead. 3 months or so after quitting and I decided to listen to a Japanese show. I suddenly realized...wow, I understand more than I did before! My...
  • AvatarAndrew 11/21/2019 at 9:52 am on How you Handle Plateaus is how You’ll Handle FluencyI would say that it's the same for any skill you are decent at but want to become great at. You must push harder and do more. For example, you say 50% of the time listening immersion. What's the other 50 percent? It may be...
  • Avatarladdr 11/21/2019 at 8:47 am on How you Handle Plateaus is how You’ll Handle FluencyI hit my first massive plateau! :( I guess it is probably plateau 3 maybe 4. I was really glad I remembered this article. It is a listening plateau mainly. I am immersing still 50% of the time and doing less and less jsubs but...
  • AvatarIyas 11/19/2019 at 5:18 pm on 5 Current Japanese Podcasts I Love Listening ToThank you for the information. I wish to ask if there is an attached written material of each podcast of NHKラジオニュース ? It would be helpful to first read the short news and listen to it. Thanks.
  • AvatarJim 11/19/2019 at 12:17 pm on Jalup BeginnerJust wanted to leave a quick note. Just finished JALUP Beginner. Feel like it gave me a pretty solid foundation for where I'm at right now. I can start to notice what it feels like to think in Japanese instead of translating. Brilliant deck and...
  • AdamAdam 11/15/2019 at 9:56 am on 8 Current Japanese Variety Shows I Love WatchingThis required a little research but her name is Rio Shimura. More details here: https://matome.naver.jp/odai/2142076934669013401
  • AdamAdam 11/15/2019 at 9:51 am on What Japanese People Say And What They Really MeanAh! Thanks for pointing that out. Just fixed it in the post (even if it is 8 years late... haha).
  • Avatarbayura 11/15/2019 at 7:01 am on 8 Current Japanese Variety Shows I Love Watchingdo you know what's the name of the ghost actress in ningen kansatsu monitoring taxi prank... i really love her very much, her act, her appeal but i don't know her name, please tell me if you know...thx then adam-san
  • AdamAdam 11/14/2019 at 8:14 pm on Can you Pass the JLPT Without Studying for it?Thanks for sharing your "no-study" JLPT experience. If you decide to take another higher level in the future, definitely come back and let us know what the next round of experience is like :)
  • AdamAdam 11/14/2019 at 8:12 pm on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsSounds like a good plan you have set up there. As for testing period, see which motivates you more. If you find doing them weekly gets annoying and feels more like a drag on your studying, then push them to monthly.
  • AdamAdam 11/14/2019 at 8:08 pm on My Switch from Audible Japan to Audiobook.jpUnfortunately, I"m not familiar with any Japanese equivalent. That is a useful feature though and a good reason to want to continue using Audible.
  • AvatarGareth 11/14/2019 at 2:54 pm on Can you Pass the JLPT Without Studying for it?I just found this post and it reminded me of my run up to N5. The previous (and only) two years I had managed a few months of Japanese study before interest waned. To maintain momentum my friend and I signed up to N5 to...
  • AvatarGareth 11/14/2019 at 12:54 pm on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsHi Adam, So I've been thinking further on this and I have a new plan which won't break my current JALUP SRS. Using a second device I have installed JALUP and started beginner and intermediate. My plan was to assess my listening on both. Unfortunately...
  • AvatarSharon Domier 11/14/2019 at 8:02 am on My Switch from Audible Japan to Audiobook.jpAdam, Sharon Domier, Japanese studies librarian here. I have been using audiobook.jp and enjoy it. But, I haven't yet found anything equivalent to the pairing of Kindle e-books with Audio narration (from Audible). It is so brilliant for language learning. I can and will open...
  • AvatarVictoria 11/13/2019 at 6:49 pm on You Say Konnichiwa – They Say JouzuRecently I had a job interview in Japan all in English. The position was billingual, so the manager asked if he could talk to me in Japanese. I agreed. He asked how my Japanese was (in Japanese) and said that with a dictionary I could...
  • AdamAdam 11/13/2019 at 1:45 pm on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsSounds good. Experimentation is important, so please do keep us updated.
  • AvatarGareth 11/13/2019 at 5:15 am on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsThanks for the reply Adam! I think I will try it, I have 200 more cards to go in Intermediate so I am going to finish those off and get to a comfortable review level and then give it a go! I'm not sure how...
  • AdamAdam 11/13/2019 at 4:02 am on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsWhile I do think it's an interesting idea, I'm leaning towards thinking you'd be better off keeping that progress and then doing other listening activities. However, I haven't personally heard of anyone trying this. I do know some people have requested a listening-only type of...
  • AdamAdam 11/13/2019 at 3:56 am on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsResetting a deck was one of the most requested early features of the app. So I think a lot of people at one time want to go for a reset.
  • AvatarGareth 11/13/2019 at 2:54 am on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsFollowing on from that idea... I've been considering something for the Beginner pack, and wanted to get suggestions from those who have been using JALUP for a while (and Adam ; ) I feel quite confident in a large amount of the beginner pack so...
  • AvatarVictoria 11/12/2019 at 8:41 pm on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsGonna pile onto Adam's suggestion! I reset my JALUP decks. Twice. Worked really well - and it just reinforces what you know. If you come across a card you already know, just press "easy". Don't go through it too fast. Good luck!
  • Avatarnative japanese 11/12/2019 at 8:05 pm on What Japanese People Say And What They Really Mean堀が深い is wrong 彫りが深い is correct.
  • AvatarAndrew 11/12/2019 at 6:34 am on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsOh wow I dont know why I didnt try that (-.-;) just reset. And I dont feel like I lost anything! Excited to start from the beginning again.
  • AvatarVictoria Kelley 11/12/2019 at 2:19 am on The Worst Kind of Dubbing Possible on NetflixHonestly I think it's so Netflix can just pump out tons of dubs with minimal time or cash. Netflix is really big into providing accessibility to people- being the only service where Japanese close captions exist on EVERYTHING (Hulu only recently added CC to a...
  • AvatarVictoria 11/12/2019 at 2:04 am on Raising a Bilingual Child – The Initial DecisionFirst of all, congrats Adam! At my current job we actually have a billingual 1st grader who comes to our daycare after school for some extra work. He's American, born to a Japanese/English billingual (2nd gen immigrant) and an English-only parent. Now they do one...
  • AdamAdam 11/11/2019 at 2:42 pm on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsIf almost every card of the deck is due, and you get almost all of them wrong, then a reset would definitely benefit you. And it's not like you "lost" what you learned. When you come across kanji that you do indeed remember, you'll go...
  • AvatarAndrew 11/11/2019 at 5:53 am on The Real Problem of Knocking Out 500+ ReviewsIve let my kanji deck slip pretty bad, and now I have almost every card that ive learned due for review, which is around 700. The problem is I havent got a single card right in a while in there due to the amount of...
  • AvatarJulius 11/05/2019 at 12:41 pm on You Say Konnichiwa – They Say JouzuWhile I think your line of reasoning may be true in some anomalous cases, I think the vast majority of this exchange just boils down to Japanese super politeness to point of being fake. In Asian culture in general, when you come face to face...
  • Avatarladdr 11/05/2019 at 12:06 pm on Raising a Bilingual Child – The Initial DecisionMy three year old loves Anpanman. I also have introduced an Android learning game called Gus on the Go that he loves too. Also on youtube there are a ton of super simple songs (a channel) in Japanese. I'm by no means am expert though,...
  • AvatarJim 11/05/2019 at 6:24 am on Raising a Bilingual Child – The Initial DecisionDoes anyone have any advice on introducing your young children to Japanese media? I have a 3-year-old girl. Although I can't control her interests, it would be nice to share my love of Japan with her and see what she does with it.
  • AvatarJim 11/05/2019 at 6:02 am on You Say Konnichiwa – They Say Jouzu"I guess if you live there long enough and get confident enough it can get annoying to some people?" Maybe that's it. I would assume that after you've been there for a while and after you've gotten to the point where you already know you're...
  • Avatarladdr 11/04/2019 at 4:44 pm on You Say Konnichiwa – They Say JouzuThat is how I feel too. I guess if you live there long enough and get confident enough it can get annoying to some people? I find myself saying similar things to people learning English, and Japan is generally even more polite and complimentary so...
  • AvatarJames Filios 11/04/2019 at 1:57 pm on You Say Konnichiwa – They Say JouzuPersonally I never understood people's annoyance with being "jouzu'd". We all know that japanese is a really difficult language to even get intermediate at let alone master. I think that japanese people are not used to seeing foreigners put much effort into learning the language...