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30 Days Of Becoming A Better Japanese Learner


30 Days Of Becoming A Better Japanese Learner


Learning Japanese is just as much about learning how to learn Japanese as it is actually learning the stuff. This ebook will give you thirty doses of help, all meant to be done in a day, that will help you to become a better Japanese learner. Many things are applicable to daily life, too

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Learning Japanese is just as much about learning how to learn Japanese as it is actually learning the stuff. This ebook will give you thirty doses of help, all meant to be done in a day, that will help you to become a better Japanese learner. Many things are applicable to daily life, too

One day, one improvement. See the Table Of Contents (below) for more information on the kinds of things you'll be going over.

This ebook puts together a decade of learning how to learn. Don't make the same mistakes everyone else makes when learning Japanese (or anything). Learn how to supercharge your motivation, focus, and memory. Do all the things that the fastest learners do -- because if you do, you're going to become a much faster learner. These are all the things that can be learned, so no matter how dumb or "bad at languages" you think you are, you can learn to get better. Let's do it together one day at a time.

Here's the first chapter, to give you an idea:

Day 1
Start A Tradition

What a perfect way to start your very first day.

Here’s the quick-and-dirty: There’s only one main difference between people with a lot of willpower and people without a lot of willpower, and believe it or not it’s not the amount of total willpower they have.

People, in general, actually all have the same amount of willpower. Also, the willpower that they have is a finite resource. You can think of it in the same way you think about harvesting trees. You can cut the trees down and the trees will eventually grow back, but if you cut these trees down faster than the trees can grow back, you’ll run out of trees.

That’s pretty obvious, but willpower is like that too. Wash the dishes? Cut down a tree. Learn new kanji? Cut down a tree. Study your vocab deck? Cut down another tree. Oh crap. You’re out of trees. You’d better go collapse on the couch and watch some Arrested Development until your trees grow back.

Superheroes of productivity, however, do things differently so that they can cut down fewer trees than you or I. In order to do this, they make certain tasks into traditions. That is, the tasks they do are just things they do. They aren’t chores. They aren’t tasks. They’re just automatic. They’re habits, really.

Here’s the difference:

  • Version 1: I have to wash the dishes.
  • Version 2: When I get home from work, I wash the dishes.

Version 2 is the tradition, version 1 is the chore. You’ll accomplish the same task no matter how you think about it, but version 2 doesn’t cut down a willpower tree. Version 1 does.

Since willpower is a finite resource (meaning the batteries only have so much juice before needing a recharge), being able to not use willpower becomes very important especially over time. If there’s a task you do every day with your Japanese, creating a tradition for it will essentially allow you to use your finite willpower to do something else, increasing the amount you can do and get done. Over time this adds up, so there’s no better time to start than now.

First, come up with a list of daily tasks that you have. They don’t even have to be about learning Japanese, because no matter what, you’ll be giving yourself an extra “tree” to use on Japanese. Pick something you don’t particularly like, maybe washing dishes, or studying your kanji decks, or exercising your pet bald eagle, that you have to do every day.

Now figure out when you will do that task. Make that time completely solid. Make that time and task a tradition.

For example:

  • When I get home from work I go through my kanji SRS and complete all my reviews.
  • When I wake up the first thing I do is exercise my bald eagle.
  • When I lay down to go to sleep I pick up my Japanese textbook and review all the things I learned that day.
  • When I finish dinner I learn three new kanji before doing anything else.
  • When I use the bathroom I recite, out loud, the 10 Japanese sentences I’ve pasted to the wall in front of me.

Notice how none of these sentences have to word “will” in them? As in, “When I finish dinner I will learn three new kanji.” The word “will” is tricky, because it gives you room to not do the task you’re saying that you’re going to do. When you say “I will” you’re putting that item off to the future. This task becomes “optional.” That is not a tradition. A tradition is something you just do no matter what, not something you will do.

So I want you to choose something to turn into a tradition for yourself. Then, I want you to start doing it. You won’t feel it at first, but if you tell yourself every day that this is simply something you do, you’ll begin to believe it and act upon those thoughts. Then suddenly out of nowhere, you’ll have yourself a new tradition. Over the course of a year, you’ll be able to cut down 365 extra metaphorical trees. What you use those extra trees on is of course up to you, but I hope you use them on learning Japanese, since that’s what this ebook is all about. Perhaps you could learn some extra kanji per day because of this?

Actually, though, you don’t have to stop there. Once you’ve made one thing into a tradition, you can start on another thing immediately after. Just imagine what can happen if you turn four, five, or even ten things into tradition! You’ll probably become one of the most productive people in the world - and guess what? It’s not all that difficult to do once you know how.

And here's the entire table of contents:

Day 0: Introduction
Day 1: Start A Tradition
Day 2: Learn About The “Other” Kind Of Kanji Radicals
Day 3: Don’t Break The Streak
Day 4: Start A Journal In Japanese
Day 5: Try Language Shadowing
Day 6: Learn To Recall, Not Memorize
Day 7: Envision Completion Before You Start
Day 8: Use An SRS
Day 9: Think In Sentences
Day 10: Teach
Day 11: Learn To Use A Dictionary Or Three
Day 12: Use What You Enjoy
Day 13: Record Yourself Speaking Japanese
Day 14: Study Someplace Different
Day 15: Force Yourself To Slack Off
Day 16: Do The 30-30
Day 17: Learn Japanese Onomatopoeia
Day 18: Eliminate Your Weakest Link
Day 19: Alternate Between Types Of Study
Day 20: Figure Out What To Do Next
Day 21: Practice Failure
Day 22: Practice Rejection
Day 23: Simplify
Day 24: Have A Great Language Partner Session
Day 25: Fill Up Your Day With Short Bursts
Day 26: Plan A Massive Study Day / Weekend
Day 27: Get Your Questions Answered
Day 28: Concentrate Into Higher Intelligence
Day 29: Try Out Passive Study
Day 30: Make Future Success Incredibly Easy
Day X: Bonus Days