The adventurers that inhabit RPG worlds are broken up into classes. It defines how you battle and make your way through game. The five major ones are:
What does any of this have to do with learning Japanese? Surprisingly, Japanese learners seem to fall into each of the above. Let’s take a look at them and see which one you are, and whether you might consider changing your class.
The fighter is strong with an abundance of strength, stamina and hit points.
He can take long Japanese studying sessions with brute force. He’ll break through 50 new learned cards in a day, and will hack and slash away at hundreds of reviews that are due. He usually has one favorite weapon of choice, and repeats the same tactic over and over again to success. For example, he’ll only use flashcards, or one specific app, but will grind his way through it, making the most of it, at all costs.
While he may lack variety in fighting style, his fierce energy to just study is unparalleled.
The mage has a wide range of attack spells and knowledge at his disposal.
He knows all of the various learning methods out there, and combines them skillfully into a well thought out plan. He separates all the different elements of Japanese (vocabulary, kanji, sentences, listening, speaking, etc.) and has very specific ways to approach each one.
Since everything he does requires magic points, when he runs out of them, he tends to need short breaks from studying to recharge. He can’t handle long sessions, and would rather break up his studying into short, powerful and efficient bursts.
The cleric focuses on healing and balance.
He makes sure that his life is in alignment with his studying. He knows what time of day he works best, and will usually get up and begin early in the morning when his mind is most ready. He’ll incorporate exercise, proper sleep and and a balanced diet to gain the right amount of study energy and boosted memory to help him succeed.
He doesn’t overdo things, or have ups and downs in study time. No 30 new cards one day and zero the next. At a steady pace, he tries to move forward stress-free.
The ranger is a tactician who analyzes his environment and situation.
He strongly researches the different methods and tools that are available to him, testing them all out and deciding which ones works and which ones don’t for the current situation. He’s not afraid to drop or change tactics quickly and completely.
He creates detailed study plans, with short and long term goals, and a map of where he is and wants to be. He has a keen sense of what effect his current studying now will have on his short term future. He wouldn’t touch 50 new cards daily because of the unstable environment it would create a few weeks later.
The rogue is stealthy and sly, and has an unpredictable nature to him.
He is not concerned with the “right” or “best” way to study Japanese. He wants to try the new and untested methods that he believes may achieve amazing results. He’ll use the tools and ideas that either are used by few, or he came up completely by himself. Because of this, he has a tendency to surprise people with his skills.
He keeps private, and is not concerned with what other people are doing. He’ll probably stay away from forums and learner groups, and prefers to do things on his own.
Which class are you?
Leave it in the comments and we’ll see what group of adventurers we currently have on Jalup.
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