Shove off, listening! Anyway, reaching slowly the 8300 cards mark in Anki I feel like all the people telling me it depends on the amount of vocabulary you know how much you understand lied on me in a way. I guess 8300 is already.. enough to understand at least parts, sentences, yet not everything (I know). But the point is, I just hear a massive amount of words my brain seemingly cannot process! I in fact do listen to Japanese (see podcast) while reviewing my anki cards, passively. I cannot listen actively yet without getting headaches from not understanding what they are saying; it’s as if I can’t comprehend Japanese. Long ago already I have gotten rid of the inner barrier telling me it’s an unlearnable language and so on, but it seems it comes up in my subconscious. Once a month I try listening to something I haven’t understood a month ago and I see no progress nor improvement so far: it is still the same mess/sea of words in my head.
Seemingly it also does not depend on grammar, as I’m reading “A Dictionary of Basic Japanese grammar” like a novel every now and then and revise what I’ve read and learnt sometimes. (All in all, I just want to get through it and work up the points I’ve missed so far before preceding with dealing with JLPT2 grammar more seriously and starting to read Japanese seriously, which I have never done.)
I feel like I am in a box, yeah. While doing anki, I listen to the podcast and that’s it. I have no problems producing own Japanese on lang-8 for example; I just write and get my mistakes corrected and if I do not understand why this is wrong, I simply ask and mostly understand. Most mistakes are naturally obvious, but everyone knows better after getting corrected it perfectly, right? So, writing Japanese is a lot of fun to me and I try to do so every day on Lang-8.
I find it hard not to understand what is being said, because that’s the way I brought my English to a – for me – high (enough) level. I caught up words I heard and understood from context and integrated them correctly into my own vocabulary..
I wonder what to do next. Perhaps I should really shove my anki deck and start from zero again? Putting more emphasis on listening?? I’m quite desperate at the moment and I wonder how YOU did it. Japanese sounds just so.. foreign to me. (not in its sound.. that sounds ‘natural’ to me, but the formation, use of vocab etc. that makes everything incomprehensible is foreign)
Confused?Just skipping the lines and feeling confused? Check out the 'Index' above in order to get the table of contents. You are welcome. Don't wonder if it's a bit messy.. it's tanuki-like. Cramming everywhere. Also checkout cb4960's Rikai-san - for the horde! \o