I'm Conversational in Japanese Thanks to LingQ
I've been making a serious attempt at improving my Japanese for about a year and half now. I learned Japanese 20 years ago - and its never really changed since then - doesn't get better..doesn't get worse - but I'm basically conversational and can read a little bit. I don't understand anime, dramas TV etc and when natives speak all together I'm pretty lost unless I really concentrate - and even then... I lack vocabulary - so that is my focus. I'm not sure if lingq is working - but I've recently come to the conclusion I need to vary my content more to include easy beginner stuff to get to more comprehensible input. I'm going to try to increase my volume - so high volume of input and decreased difficulty level.
I get pretty frustrated with where my level is which I know is quite counter-productive. It feels like I'll never get there and there's just too much to learn...goals? I suppose my goal is to increase my vocabulary to the point where I can read more interesting material and anime/drama/movies etc - get away from "studying" and more just enjoying the language.
Maybe listen to some Japanese music or something? Just include something that can get you away from studying. You don't have to wait until you get to a certain level to start enjoying the language.
What kind of content have you been using? From the sounds of it, you're probably around the same level as me. Sites like www.animelon.com and podcasts like Let's Talk in Japanese have helped. Especially the latter (not too difficult). You can find these resources here (and a ton more):
You can import them into LingQ and read/listen. I highly recommend going through the sheet. Good luck!
Hey thanks!! This list is awesome. I'll get to work! I usually try to find something to watch that I can import and then read and watch listen a few times. I find passive listening really challenging as most interesting material is too high level for me and I just tune it out. For reading I'm currently working through Clay and Yumis ebooks to have some easy reading to enjoy. I'm looking into the following sites as well:
I do envy you, but in a good way ;)
I'm roughly at half of your known word count,
and I know around 300 kanji.
What is your kanji recognition in your opinion?
By this I mean how many can you read, I'm not to bother about writing kanji.
My Kanji recognition is probably not as high as you'd expect. It's under 1000, that's for sure. Maybe 500 or so?
I think the reason for that is because I kept sticking to content that was roughly around the same level (NHK Easy) for too long. Now I'm going through my first novel to increase my Kanji level. I also take time to write Kanji by hand, strictly for memorization (I do not care for writing Japanese by hand).