All Japanese All The Time

Published on February 24th, 2009.

Every once in a while I lose that incredibly important enthusiasm for learning Japanese. That is really a big problem as studying Japanese sometimes becomes a chore rather than something fun. If you’re in the same situation as me I strongly suggest that you head over to All Japanese All The Time and get your reading on. Start from the very beginning (see Table of Contents) and read every single article in it. This blog is a very good resource for learning Japanese and it’s also very entertaining to read.

Course of Lecture on Canoe

The author, Khatzumoto, started learning Japanese in June 2004 and was by September 25 able to “read technical material, conduct business correspondence and job interviews in Japanese”. He was basically fluent in Japanese after only 18 months (wow, right?). And to add even more to the wow factor, he didn’t take a single class, didn’t read textbooks and never lived in Japan. That might sound insane to many of you, but as you start reading his articles, you’ll realize that it is indeed possible.

I’ve been slacking off for way too long now and it’s time for a change, if I don’t do anything about it I’m just gonna end up regretting things. The good thing for me is that I still live with my parents and I can survive without having to work, so I really need to take advantage of this opportunity. It’s only going to be harder and harder to achieve fluency the longer I wait.

I’ve come to realize a lot of things just by reading Khatzumoto’s articles and I’m very thankful for that. Starting tomorrow I’m going to put this new knowledge into use and I’m also going to do follow-up posts on some of his articles.

I’m definitely going to have to make many sacrifices doing this, but it’s going to be worth it in the end. I will post logs of my progress here along with the follow-ups and other things related.

Oh and I haven’t written about any dramas as of late, the reason for that is because I’m kind of a binge watcher and I’m finishing up on a few dramas right now.

Well, this post is already long enough so s…*BLUESCREEN*

  • http://inihongo.wordpress.com igordesu

    yeah, I often read his articles for motivation. Not straight through, just whatever is most inspiring.

    BTW, where do you watch all of your dramas?

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Hehe ok :) I download all of my dramas on D-Addicts.

  • http://inihongo.wordpress.com igordesu

    yeah, I often read his articles for motivation. Not straight through, just whatever is most inspiring.

    BTW, where do you watch all of your dramas?

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Hehe ok :) I download all of my dramas on D-Addicts.

  • Joe

    Found that a few months back, its a very good read.

    Coming into the last months of school and I’m finding it rather impossible to set aside much time for japanese :(, I can listen to jpod101 on the way to and from school but thats about it. Can’t wait till I’m free from all this!

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      I see. I’m studying Japanese full time at a university so that’s really not a problem for me. But I’ve realized that going to some of the classes are sometimes just a waste of time.

  • Joe

    Found that a few months back, its a very good read.

    Coming into the last months of school and I’m finding it rather impossible to set aside much time for japanese :(, I can listen to jpod101 on the way to and from school but thats about it. Can’t wait till I’m free from all this!

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      I see. I’m studying Japanese full time at a university so that’s really not a problem for me. But I’ve realized that going to some of the classes are sometimes just a waste of time.

  • http://mrklo-olstphn.livejournal.com/ maakusutipen

    That is some dedication and such a different approach… Ill be definitely overwhelmed. I’m not really that desperate to learn it that fast though. But his points on learning vocab and the kanji first is really useful as what my experience shows. Also all that SRS is good!! I actually am kinda applying what he has said… know most of what the kanji first means but not really knowing how they are read or written just to be able read and get meaning from long lines of text. hehe Thats why I said in an earlier post that i know most 3級 kanji but cannot write them. hehee

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      That’s good! I’ll have to do some preparations and decide how much of his theory I can apply. After all I have things I need to do for school so I can’t follow his advice completely.

  • http://mrklo-olstphn.livejournal.com/ maakusutipen

    That is some dedication and such a different approach… Ill be definitely overwhelmed. I’m not really that desperate to learn it that fast though. But his points on learning vocab and the kanji first is really useful as what my experience shows. Also all that SRS is good!! I actually am kinda applying what he has said… know most of what the kanji first means but not really knowing how they are read or written just to be able read and get meaning from long lines of text. hehe Thats why I said in an earlier post that i know most 3級 kanji but cannot write them. hehee

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      That’s good! I’ll have to do some preparations and decide how much of his theory I can apply. After all I have things I need to do for school so I can’t follow his advice completely.

  • http://twitter.com/attilam Attila

    I really like Khatzumoto’s site, very motivational, not just for Japanese learners, but for others as well.

    Some of his articles can help one learn about the nature of learning as a process as well, in plain English which could be applied most anywhere really.

    …and I also feel recently, that I could put more effort into learning Japanese. My current goal is at least JLPT4 (or N5) level by the end of this year.

    Let’s do this, ganbatte to all of us! :)

  • http://twitter.com/attilam Attila

    I really like Khatzumoto’s site, very motivational, not just for Japanese learners, but for others as well.

    Some of his articles can help one learn about the nature of learning as a process as well, in plain English which could be applied most anywhere really.

    …and I also feel recently, that I could put more effort into learning Japanese. My current goal is at least JLPT4 (or N5) level by the end of this year.

    Let’s do this, ganbatte to all of us! :)

  • http://www.nihongonotes.com Chris

    Go for it! After I finished Uni I stayed with my parents and I wish I had studied Japanese at that time, but it wasn’t until years later that I really got interested in it. So make the best of this spare time and security!

    I suffer with motivation and other things pulling at my attention, so I know how hard it can be to keep at it. Good luck!

  • http://www.nihongonotes.com Chris

    Go for it! After I finished Uni I stayed with my parents and I wish I had studied Japanese at that time, but it wasn’t until years later that I really got interested in it. So make the best of this spare time and security!

    I suffer with motivation and other things pulling at my attention, so I know how hard it can be to keep at it. Good luck!

  • http://www.twitter.com/rjhoolan Hoolan

    This is the method I am using and I have seen results quickly. If you think about it and as Khatz himself states, you are learning the language like a child would but with hacks that can speed you up due to your more mature mindset and knwoledge. Always learning in context instead of lists and always having more input than you would with lessons.

    The SRS method itself can be applied to anything you wish, I currently use it to help with my college course and it has helped me remember things I would of forgotten otherwise.

    –Rob Hoolan–
    –@rjhoolan–

  • http://www.twitter.com/rjhoolan Hoolan

    This is the method I am using and I have seen results quickly. If you think about it and as Khatz himself states, you are learning the language like a child would but with hacks that can speed you up due to your more mature mindset and knwoledge. Always learning in context instead of lists and always having more input than you would with lessons.

    The SRS method itself can be applied to anything you wish, I currently use it to help with my college course and it has helped me remember things I would of forgotten otherwise.

    –Rob Hoolan–
    –@rjhoolan–

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