I’ve had my share of mind-numbing jobs in the past, growing up. The type of work where you use about 5% of your brain on the work, and 95% of your brain trying to keep yourself sane. Try comparing the number on a check versus the spelled out number for 10 hours straight.. Sound terrible? It could, unless you use opportunities like this to learn Japanese.
Assuming you are allowed to use headphones at work (most of these types of jobs are fine with this and even encourage it), you can be immersing yourself in Japanese for 8+ hours a day, while earning a salary, and having no negative impact on your job or your Japanese studying ability. A dull job and Japanese listening work beautifully into the focus balance.
With a mix of standard listening immersion (anime, TV shows, movies etc), learning podcasts (ex. japanesepod101), and even just general listening programs you can get on your smartphone, you enter into the ultra Japanese study efficiency zone. It even forces you to spend a massive amount of daily time on Japanese, because after all, what else would you be focusing on?
Any kind of data entry, night shift work, or just mindless task activity all works out well. Yeah, it may not be glamorous, but not only are you getting great at Japanese, but you will most likely be able to use that Japanese to get yourself a better job later on.
Win. Win. Win.
Have any experience with this? Any specific jobs you recommend that are perfect for this?
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