Yo. Brent here.
(I’m not even sure why I start these things off like that anymore >>;; Just habit, I suppose.)
Anyway, on to the main topic.
Now that I have power back, I was checking out AJATT, and I saw an older post I thought was interesting here.
It’s changed the way I’m thinking about going about this, and has a lot to do with how Japanese input would effect your work. (I think.)
It seems now he’s wanting to make sure you stay above the critical frequency. So…I don’t think breaks are good (like I said, I’ve been binging and purging…almost like a yo-yo diet, but for Japanese…>>;;)
Now. I’m gonna continue working on Japanese, but I’m not gonna stop. I need to keep going. But I also need to be lazy about it. My main problem is, I haven’t been changing my environment. I’ve changed my computer, sure. And some of the sites I’m on.
But if it gets too hard, I revert back to English. English is a huge crutch for me right now.
And I even feel bad sometimes, because I’ll get on here, and tell everyone (the 5 of you that visit now…) that I’m going to do it. I’m gonna take the plunge.
But then I don’t.
Then all the willpower in the world won’t help me, y’know? So…I think I’ve got it.
I’m gonna start. But, instead of treating it like one big, All Japanese All the Time movement, I’m just gonna start in Japanese. I’m already listening to Japanese. 1 point.
My computer’s in Japanese, 1 point.
It’s like, everytime I’m exposed to Japanese, I’m gaining EXP. Everything I do is like a monter, and the more I defeat (times I’m exposed to Japanese) the higher my level (ability) becomes.
Now, I’m posting on Lang-8.com. It’s a great site, with a wonderful community.
And, despite my short posts, I’ve noticed improvements. And I take the native corrections, and I SRS them. Because it’s something that I would say in real life.
I’ve also started to post videos of me speaking my Lang-8 posts. So, my Japanese is hideously incorrect, but it lets people correct my speech as well. However, I still listen to tons of audio (music mostly, because I’ve been really busy…-_-) and it seems to be helping my pronunciation.
Whenever I get Skype for Ubuntu downloaded, I’ll be using that…but that’s besides the point.
The main point here is the same point I keep trying to make (to you and myself): Be Lazy.
However, there’s a point that needs to be made in addition to that: You have to be lazy in Japanese.
That’s the hardest part for me…So, I’m gonna be finally changing my environment. I’m actually going to document it, and I will give myself a week. (I always seem to be doing it within a day, and I think that’s part of the problem. I’m not giving myself the time to adjust.)
Anyway, to sum it up today, be lazy in Japanese. Forget what your parents told you about being lazy. It’s good for you in this case.
Jaa, mata na!