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When Should you Start Immersion? — 12 Comments

  1. Those are great estimates honestly! I would recommend anyone who can handle it to do a lot of immersion even at the beginning; yes you “dont understand” but its in that period that you can get your ears used to hearing japanese and will make it that much easier later on. My tip for having fun when you dont understand anything: watch anime (or other) that you have already watched in the pastt, especially action shows!Youll already know what the story is so you wont feel lost, and youll be able to enjoy yourself a lot!

  2. I haven’t done much immersion yet, since I’ve barely scraped the surface of Beginner lol. But sometimes I like to watch しろくまカフェ without subs. Even though I don’t know what’s being said it’s still pretty adorable.

  3. As always great article Adam. Immersion is something that definitely go up with time. I would even put some video games into that timeline as well. When I started I was WAY to focused on Anki and adding/ learning new cards. Anki is important be Immersion is the thing that will keep you going(at least for me).

    • Yes, I fully agree about video games. Depending on the type of game, it’s easy to enjoy game immersion even when you don’t know much Japanese.

  4. I really like this article – the breakdown for when and what type of immersion is really helpful! Is there an article that gives some examples of good immersion sources for each stage?

    At least in terms of audio, I’m finding it really hard to find something at my right level for immersion. I end up listening to easier things or textbook audio readings, which get boring very fast. I think I need some more variety…

  5. At what immersion stage above would you recommend starting an anki deck with sentences/words you didn’t recognize? When you start the deck how do you determine what is worth adding (ie everything unfamiliar?). How long should you keep things in your deck? How do you handle branching if doing j-j so you don’t get bogged down on the actual content?

    Or is a deck not necessary and you should focus more on enjoying the immersion, look up words you don’t know and move on? Quantity vs Depth.

    If it makes a difference I am just about finished with jalup Beginner (did rtk) and don’t plan on any side decks until I finish through jalup expert.

    Thanks!

    • At what immersion stage above would you recommend starting an anki deck with sentences/words you didn’t recognize?

      -I think at the Surpassing Flash Card Immersion Stage.

      When you start the deck how do you determine what is worth adding (ie everything unfamiliar?)

      – What you find valuable or you want to know. You don’t need to add everything.

      How long should you keep things in your deck?
      – Forever, or until you find them lose use or value, or they just annoy you.

      How do you handle branching if doing j-j so you don’t get bogged down on the actual content?

      – Check out https://japaneselevelup.com/walkthrough-world-5/

      Or is a deck not necessary and you should focus more on enjoying the immersion, look up words you don’t know and move on?

      – I think a good balance is important

      If it makes a difference I am just about finished with jalup Beginner (did rtk) and don’t plan on any side decks until I finish through jalup expert.

      – This is what a lot of people do (they usually don’t start creating their own cards until after Expert)

      Hope this helps!

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