Most of what consists of your studying has probably been input. You read Japanese. You listen to Japanese. Read, listen, read listen, read listen. So you start increasing output. You read cards out loud. You develop your inner monologue. You sing to your favorite songs. You mimick and shadow. You talk to people.
I want to add one more. One that is quick, easy, and provides immediate results.
This simple way of outputting (practicing writing) is so easy:
1. Your output is short and very easy to write. One sentence. Maybe even one word. And you’re done. No big challenge or time sink.
2. You can write what you know. No need to go beyond your abilities creating bad habits. Write what you can.
3. People respond to you, and that makes you happy.
4. If you don’t know how to start a sentence, copy others. With Twitter, you can start to get the hang of how people respond to other people’s tweets. Copy them. Add in or change a word, but use their structure. If you want to respond to a tweet, see what the list of people have said that have already responded to that tweet.
I think picture tweets are the easiest way to start, as it is simple to look at a picture and respond to that picture.
Let’s take an example:
Assuming you can’t think of the proper way to respond here, look at some of the first responses from others
You’re getting the keywords here that you can use. 巨人 (giant/titan), 嘘 (fake, lie), 骨(bones), でかい (large). You can simply copy others’ phrases and slightly arrange them.
骨がでかい！ (The bones are large) or 巨人の骨！ (A titan’s bones!)
All I did was take their keywords and made my own phrase. Many authors will respond to your tweets and you can have some fun.
Now go output.
About giants and bones and other stuff.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.