I’ve always had a strong desire to learn Japanese. I practiced Karate for 20 years, which brought me closer to the culture in some ways.
I’ve attempted to learn Japanese three times in my life, but unfortunately, none of my attempts were successful. The first time, I enrolled in an institute, but I didn’t find it engaging or exciting. The method relied heavily on rote memorization of kanji characters.
The second time, I came across Heisig’s book “Remembering the Kanji” and gave it a second try, but once again, I wasn’t able to succeed.
For my third attempt, I tried to follow the approaches outlined in “Khatzumoto’s - All Japanese all the time” and “Matt vs Japan,” but once more, I was unsuccessful.
The challenge for me lies in the method of rote memorization; it feels incredibly tedious and unnatural. I don’t have a fondness for Anki either. It doesn’t engage me or pique my interest; in fact, I find it quite dull. While I acknowledge that this method may be effective for some, it simply doesn’t align with my learning preferences.
As a native Spanish speaker, I’m also fluent in English and to a good enough level in German. I derive great pleasure from reading, which is why I utilize LingQ. Most of my reading is in English, spanning both fiction and non-fiction. Sci-fi happens to be my favorite genre. Currently, I’m delving into sci-fi novels in German, a practice I absolutely adore.
Considering all of this, I’m curious about the process of learning Japanese primarily through reading and listening. How effective is it for acquiring kanji knowledge using LingQ? I’m in no hurry to master Japanese; my primary aim is to enjoy the language, its culture, and the content it offers.
Could you kindly share your experiences with learning Japanese on LingQ, and highlight the strategies or features you’ve found most beneficial?
Thank you everybody. I appreciate it.