So, I have no problem with using anime as a Japanese learning supplement. Don’t stop using it.
However, are you sitting there and translating everything word by word and grammar by grammar? All throughout the 30 minute episode? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.
That’ll make you quit learning Japanese fast.
Learning Japanese through anime is good for…
- Most importantly, experienced learners.
- Why? Because beginners will be way over their heads with trying to catch and understand every word.
- Experienced learners will at least understand 60% which is enough to fill in the blanks.
- It’s good for passive listening & comprehension skill building
- Catching the occasional random word & grammar point
- And actually enjoying the learning process (that is, if you’re actually learning anything)
The downside of learning Japanese through anime…
- Beginners that are trying to actively boost your Japanese will get overwhelmed. Simply put, it’s too much effort to translate every word and grammar point that you don’t know.
- It’s passive learning. You need active learning. Nobody starts speaking Japanese by playing a Japanese audio track in the background while they’re clipping their toe nails. FOCUS!
- You’ll learn anime speak. That’s not spoken in real life.
So, here’s how you master Japanese conversation. I’m currently using JapanesePod101.com because they provide….
- conversation transcripts translations
- 2,000+ from Beginner to Advanced
- real(sort of) conversations
- easy vocabulary & grammar acquisition
- among many other things.
But here’s how I go mastering Japanese conversation from with a sample lesson. Watch the video below:
So, the process is….
- I listen to the complete lesson (not shown in the video)
- Learn all the grammar & vocabulary involved.
- Proceed straight to the Dialogue Audio.
- This is the Japanese-only part of the lesson; it’s the actual conversation.
- I listen to make sure I understand the entire conversation.
- Review the transcripts for any unknown words & grammar.
- Listen to the dialogue again.
- Listen again with the line by line and translate on my own.
This way, I’m guaranteed to understand everything presented in the lesson.
Granted, it’s not like watching a crazy anime with Robots, Swords, and Titans attacking cities… but I do learn A LOT faster and spend LESS time looking up words.
In other words, I get to learn, at least the listening & comprehension parts of Japanese, faster than I would with anime.
How about you? Definitely give it a try. Sign up for free at JapanesePod101 below and start learning Japanese!
Hope you enjoyed this!
– The Main Junkie
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