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Listen To 10,000 Hours Of Japanese Over The Next 18 Months

Just keep listening until you understand! How is this possible? Khatzumoto explains himself: “One of the more apparently “controversial” pieces of advice I've offered is to simply immerse in audio – keep listening whether or not you understand the target language. It'll all just start to make sense. No doubt I am not the first person to have suggested this. At best I simply pushed the idea to its logical extreme…”

Planning to read light novels? Select ones that have an anime that's based on it and watch it first. You now have visuals to go along with the descriptions in the text.

This works really well with stories like 君の名は where the movie is full of visuals and non-dialogue scenes. Anime series may go out of order between what's presented in the books (Goblin Slayer for instance), but that's not too bad as you will remember locations where actions took place and feel the atmosphere as the words come to life in your mind's eye. Some people don't like to do this as it "spoils" the story. However, if it's a good story then it will be good on a reread or reading after you watched the adaption. Still, it's up to you on what you do. Eventually, yes, you need to move to more dense books and even non-fiction. However, for your trek to N1 level reading comprehension, light novels are a great source. Perhaps make a goal of 50 light novels between N4 and N1 levels of learning.

Set expectations

Many interactions with a site or app have consequences: clicking a button can mean spending money, erasing a website, or making a disparaging comment about grandma’s birthday cake. And any time there are consequences, there’s also anxiety. So be sure to let users know what will happen after they click that button before they do it. You can do this through design and/or copy.

Anticipate mistakes

To err is human; to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Criticism" People make mistakes, but they shouldn’t (always) have to suffer the consequences. There are two ways to help lessen the impact of human error:

  • Prevent mistakes before they happen
  • Provide ways to fix them after they happen You see a lot of mistake-prevention techniques in ecommerce and form design. Buttons remain inactive until you fill out all fields. Forms detect that an email address hasn’t been entered properly. Pop-ups ask you if you really want to abandon your shopping cart (yes, I do, Amazon—no matter how much it may scar the poor thing). Anticipating mistakes is often less frustrating than trying to fix them after the fact. That’s because they occurbefore the satisfying sense of completion that comes with clicking the “Next” or “Submit” button can set in. That said, sometimes you just have to let accidents happen. That’s when detailed error messages really come into their own. When you’re writing error messages, make sure they do two things:
  • Explain the problem. E.g., “You said you were born on Mars, which humans haven’t colonized. Yet.”
  • Explain how to fix it. E.g., “Please enter a birthplace here on Earth.” Note that you can take a page from that same book for non-error situations. For instance, if I delete something, but it’s possible to restore it, let me know that with a line of copy like “You can always restore deleted items by going to your Trash and clicking Restore.” The principle of anticipating user error is called the poka-yoke principle. Poka-yoke is a Japanese term that translates to “mistake-proofing.”

Fatty Fish

When the words fatty fish are mentioned, you naturally direct your attention to salmon, pollack, cod, sardines, mackerel and tuna. These contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to help with improving learning abilities and memory, not to mention helping with building nerve and brain cells.[8][9][10][11] Improved cognitive performance brought about by omega 3 fatty acids can be attributed to the fact that they help increase flow of blood in the brain. [12] Also, when it comes to general mental health, eating oily or fatty fish helps to delay the mental decline that comes with age, as well as depression and reduce learning problems. [13] [14] Omega 3 has also been associated with the lowering of the protein called Beta-amyloid in the brain that is responsible for forming destructive clamps in people who struggle with Alzheimer’s.[15] You are encouraged to add fatty fish to your eating plan and consider having it often. Also, if you would like to obtain omega 3 fatty acids without having to feel like you have to eat fish every time, you can use other alternatives such as walnuts, flaxseeds and avocados. They are also good sources of omega 3.


Maca is a plant from Peru that is grown in Central Andes and has been cultivated a little over 2000 years now. Its scientific name is Lepidium meyenii and is used as a foodstuff as well as a medicinal plant. It is said to bring about many health benefits including boosting learning abilities and memory, improving mood, increasing energy levels and endurance, improving sexual health in men, and regulating blood pressure.[16] When it comes to the mental health benefits, Peruvian natives in the Central Andes attribute their children’s good academic performance to regular use of maca.[17] While there are different varieties of maca, studies have found that the black variety is the one that shows strong effects on mental health improvement, and both hydroalcoholic maca extract and boiled aqueous maca extract have the same effect on the brain.[18] Scientific studies on maca are still in their infancy and the cause of the effects that it has shown are not yet fully established. However, it is suggested that Macamides, which are maca compounds, might be behind its potency.[19] You can add maca to your smoothies, energy bars, oatmeal, and any baked foods to enjoy its benefits.

Get Your Daily News Fix From A Japanese Source

NHK News Web Easy is the kind of site that the internet was made for. Up-to-date news made easier for Japanese learners, with audio recording and accompanying text (complete with furigana, definitions and some word filtering tools). Once you've mastered the easy version, you can click on the link to view the original full-length news report in black-belt level Japanese. Amazing stuff!

Eat Sushi at the Supermarket

“Did you know most supermarkets offer fabulous sushi? I’ve found it both tastes great and is very cheap, especially if you go one or two hours before closing time when it is reduced to half-price!”Cornelius, Cycloscope