An optimized approach to learning Japanese
Welcome to Immersion-Based Japanese Learning, a website made for Japanese learners and people interested in language learning more generally.
What is this website?
This website explains a general input-driven immersion-based language learning method with special focus on Japanese, though the first part of the main guide applies to all languages equally. It is written in the same vein as this guide and aims to show why this specific approach to language learning is particularly effective and produces real result. Immersion-based learning is deceptively simple and has its roots, at least in the Japanese learning community, in this famous blog. In there, the author realized that by immersing himself constantly in Japanese, he was able to understand the language much faster than by spending time solving grammar exercises in a textbook. The Japanese learning community has evolved a lot in the past few years.
My goal in building this website is two-fold:
- To explain and argue for immersion-based language learning;
- To give you an actual learning setup you can use for Japanese.
The first part of this can be found in the main guide, the second in the setup section. You can find various resources to help your learning in the resources section and media recommendations for immersion are compiled in the recommendations page.
If all of this sounds good to you, click here to read the guide.
I would like to thank multiple people in the Japanese learning community. First and foremost, I would like to thank shoui who built The Moe Way and Xelieu who wrote this wonderful guide. Without those resources, I would not have gone back to Japanese and I would certainly not have learned about all the wonderful tools we now have at our disposal. I would also like to thank Marv and Aquafina whose many contributions you can find here and here respectively. These two amazing people spent some of their time to help me get my setup working with their tools. More generally, I would like to thank every single person that has worked on the many resources listed on the resources page. Our community is full of talented people who have dedicated a large portion of their time for free to the betterment of our learning experience. For this, I will forever be grateful.