Yeah. I’ll say it again for those of you not listening.
AJATT is NOT a method.
Period. End of story. In fact, the only reason AJATT exists is because Khatz decided he wanted to share his story. Of what worked for him. I’m tired of people bashing him, even though I do sometimes agree with those learning grammar (I just like grammar…>_> I make my own languages just ’cause sometimes. None of them have been too fleshed out, but y’know…)
Anyway. Back to what I was saying…It’s not. Antimoon isn’t either. So this whole “OMG, I have to get 10,000 sentences so that I can become fluent in Japanese!!” needs to stop. In fact, by his own admission (Hehe…Court shows…) he’d only done closer to 7,000. 18 months, and he had 7,000 sentences. That, in my opinion (I don’t know about Khatz. I have always been curious how he felt about this.), shows that he was much more focused on actually being in Japanese. Not about the sentences.
In fact, his success came from just being in Japanese. Over and over. Until it became a habit. Now, I think that’s the most difficult thing. I know I was trying to grab sentences from everywhere before. I’ve tried this several times. I don’t do well with it.
However, I know plenty of people who learned English by simply being there. Showing up. Maybe you’ve heard that before. They played games, watched movies, and copied everyone. And you know what happened? They spoke English.
The same thing goes for one of my friends. He learned Spanish by just listening to Spanish music, and talking with the cooks at Denny’s (Who are Spanish.) I actually almost wish I wanted to learn Spanish. Would be tons easier just because of our community. I might still do it at some point…
But I digress. I don’t know what it is that makes everybody upset about Khatz. He’s not lying. He really has no reason to. He’s not smarter than any of us. (Well, not all of us anyway…:P) But he immersed himself in Japanese, until all he could think was Japanese. He used it. (He had Japanese friends.) And, he improved. I don’t think it’s crazy that he learned Japanese in 18 months. I think the biggest problem we all face with this is that he claimed “fluency”.
No one (save a few brave souls…) used to claim fluency in a foriegn language. Because we never really described what it was. I don’t think there is a true answer. I know that personally, I think fluency is being able to do the things I do in my L1 (English, of course) in my L2. So am I fluent in Japanese? Absolutely not. I can talk a little bit, and I feel I’ve improved a lot simply by being immersed in Japanese. I can’t really imagine it any other way now.
I’ll be able to really kick it off once I get all of my English Books and Movies gone, and have all of my Japanese stuff set up, but I’m excited. I’m actually excited, even though I know I won’t understand everything. Just playing the games is fun. Just reading is fun. Just listening to Japanese Rap is fun. I’m doing my damnedest to try and learn this language. But the hardest thing for me has been to have fun.
I want to watch a movie and enjoy it. That’s what I’ve been doing. Yeah, there were subs. But I think subs are definitely a great learning tool (But that’s for another post.)
Anyway, all of this was trying to get you guys to see it isn’t a method. It’s more…It’s more than that. It’s a way of thinking, and a way of living. You have to put all of yourself in this. Forget the sentences. They’re a way of tracking your success. You’ll learn it whether you have your SRS reps or not. And sometimes, they even hurt you. They’ll hurt your enthusiasm for this game that you’re playing. For the book you’re reading. For the song your listening to. But if you really want to know what something means, put it in the SRS. Learn it, and enjoy it, however, don’t let the tool control you.
Well, this went on longer than I thought it was gonna. I guess that’s what I get for writing from the top of my head. I just really wanted to put this out.
Anyway, thanks for reading!