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Survivorship Bias while Learning Japanese — 3 Comments

  1. Adam,

    Great article, this in particular stuck out to me:
    “I succeeded with hard work and dedication. If you aren’t succeeding using the same methods I used to succeed, you must not be working hard enough”

    As I’m now a little further in my Japansese Journey (as well as my Jalup journey) and am a little more confident, I think this might have crept in in my attitude towards others. It’s good to have a humbling reminder to ensure we act kindly towards other learners.

  2. The bright side of learning something like a language is that if you crash and burn you are not dead, so you can try again. As long as you learn from your mistakes and fail in a different way each time, you are still making progress. If nothing else you are learning what doesn’t work well for you. A lot of things you learn from failing can apply to learning many different skills, so even if you give up on something what you learn isn’t wasted. It can still apply when you try to learn something else.

  3. When you read postapocalyptic YA sci-fi (like the 5th Wave or Pure) do you think, “yeah, that’s me! I’ll survive, I’ll the hero” or “Oh, dear! I’m going to die along with almost everyone else.”
    Apparently, you’re supposed to believe without question that you’ll survive; that’s the appeal of the genre.
    I have no idea how this translates into learning Japanese, but maybe if you like the genre you can put yourself in the same mindset as you have when reading YA sci-fi… or something.

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