Learning Japanese with Anime? Here’s A Faster Way To Learn Conversation

learn with japanesepod101 Hello Junkies,

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….

  1. I listen to the complete lesson (not shown in the video)
  2. Learn all the grammar & vocabulary involved.
  3. Proceed straight to the Dialogue Audio.
    1. This is the Japanese-only part of the lesson; it’s the actual conversation.
  4. I listen to make sure I understand the entire conversation.
  5. Review the transcripts for any unknown words & grammar.
  6. Listen to the dialogue again.
  7. 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!

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Hope you enjoyed this!

– The Main Junkie

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