Uncategorized Fluent in 3 months challenge (July to October)

July 19, 2021by Dr. Francis Yoo0

I’ve always (15 years?) wanted to learn Japanese. Part of it has to do with growing up on Japanese entertainment with english translations but part of it has to do with interest in the culture (including the syncretic religious culture, the attention to food and other artisanship), and I just think it’s poetic and sounds nice.

I tried a few things here and there with some success… but I just wasn’t persistent enough. I can say and understand basic phrases but I really want to be able to do more without relying on external translations.

After listening to “Ultralearning” and some usual existential musing and an opportunity to do this “Fluent in 3 month challenge” @ https://www.fluentin3months.com/ upon recommendation from a alumni/classmate from the ICJP (introduction to jungian clinical process) program I decided to try this out.

I’m not exactly sure yet, but it basically involves

  • Using other resources such as: DuoLingo, Memrise, LingQ, Pod101 (innovative 101).
  • Speaking right away using resources such as Italki
  • Accountability via group meetings, video submissions, and a schedule/calendar

Ok sure.

Let’s try it out.

DuoLingo is basically a gamified way to learn aspects of Japanese (except the speaking part).

I also got https://www.tofugu.com/learn-japanese/ as a resource to learn the Hiragana and Katakana.

I actually dislike this whole “challenge” aspect of it but maybe I’ll change my mind about the recent popularity of “challenges” after doing this one.



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