No one likes being bad at Japanese. The faster you can get away from it and move on to good Japanese, the better. But there must be something positive about being bad. Something that you can appreciate having through the struggle.
You get the limited power of immunity against bad acting and writing.
When you have trouble understanding what you are listening to, your focus is on your ability to comprehend the material. Since the language is not fully at your grasp you miss out on a lot of the detail you see in TV and movies. You don’t have a natural feel yet for what sounds right or real or normal for Japanese speaking just yet. Instead of this making you feel down on yourself, you can use this to your full advantage.
I used to watch all ranges of j-dramas, variety shows, and movies. Once I got into the story, I found I could enjoy an endless number of series. But as the years passed, and the finer subtleties of acting became apparent. While there is still plenty I enjoy, it is nowhere near the colossal number I got to appreciate in the early days.
Even looking back on shows I used to like, seeing them at fluency is often a completely different experience, often resulting in a “what the hell was I thinking?”
Use your inexperience
Inexperience (and a little ignorance) actually increase your entertainment options. Because eventually you’ll be more harsh, and critical to the acting involved in everything you watch. For an easy to relate comparison, think of the TV shows you used to like as a child, and have taken a look back on today as an adult.
There will be exceptions of course. Some actors, just based on their face, action, and tone of voice, you know are really bad. You can’t get around this despite your lack of experience. But you will be “fortunately” tricked in many other situations.
Go out and enjoy bad TV while you still can.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.