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What do you do When Studying Gives you an Actual Headache? — 9 Comments

  1. Japanese is the 3rd language that I’m trying to learn, and while I do still get immersion headaches, they aren’t nearly as bad the third time around, in case anyone is hoping to learn more languages.

  2. I have stopped studying so many times because of headaches. I tried to push through it, thinking I was just being a wimp. Not so. Studying isn’t supposed to hurt. This is supposed to be fun.

    The answer for me, it turned out, was to: 1) stop stressing about my study plan, and 2) lighten my study load. I’m not in any hurry. I’ll get to fluency eventually.

  3. I’ve definitely gotten RTK headaches before. I found making good stories and studying fewer new cards per day helped. Like Kuronue said, I’ll finish it eventually.

  4. I also have a strong history of headaches; for all my life it’s been normal for me to use tylenols 3-4 times a week, and whenever I actually do go to the doctors and ask for some sort of checkup they always just say “oh it’s just stress, itll go away when you X or Y” and then it never does… and of course, sometimes immersion makes it pop out a bit more, so I make sure to take some breaks and have moments of silence so that it doesn’t happen too much.

  5. Huh, I’ve honestly never had these. I’ll admit that I do get fatigued, but never have headaches. And it’s not like I never have headaches period, because I sometimes do, but studying never causes them.

    Closest thing I got eyestrain was when I tried to read manga in the car, and the furigana kept bouncing up and down with the car.

    • Headaches are just a different form of fatigue people encounter. Every person has different fatigue signals :)

  6. I remember mentioning listening immersion headaches, and although mine were quite a problem at first they died down quickly (noticeable improvement within a week).

    It was especially a problem when I started on better immersion materials with long streams of spoken Japanese and no English breaks or music. Now I have much more stamina, but if I start feeling tension around the eyes I just switch to (Japanese) music, which doesn’t tax my brain so much.

    I used to get reading headaches, but they’ve disappeared now that I can be sure of recognise at least half of the kanji in most sentences. Visual Novels also seemed to help me get better at reading and reduce headaches, I guess because you have the voice acting and the text together.

  7. I commented earlier in another thread as I’m new here and hope to have much more to comment about in the years to come, i.e, I plan to stick with it to fluency this time around, so help me God.

    Funny thing is, since I’ve started with Jalup and going through sentences and immersing more, I’ve been getting killer headaches. I decided to Google about it and what do you know? The very first article found was this one. Small world.

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