Saturday, March 14, 2009

Japanese Immersion - A Typical Day

My Japanese immersion environment has certainly evolved since I embarked on this journey nearly six months ago. Crucially it still continues to change, adapt, and grow, but there surely is more that I could be doing. There is always more…

So let’s put it to the test, what do I actually do on a typical working day?


6.15 Wake up – Always a good start.

6.30 – 7.00 Sentences - Usually try and do 60 reps in 30 minutes

7.00 – 7.20 Make breakfast and lunch

7.20 – 7.40 Shower and change

7.40 – 9.00 Drive to work (yes it’s a loooong drive) - Japanese podcasts/music

9.00 – 13.00 Work (Office)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 17.00 Work (Office)

17.00 – 18.20 Drive home - Japanese podcasts/music

18.20 – 7.30 Make dinner & initiate small talk with lady friend (poor girl)

7.30 – 8.30 Sentences / Revtk

8.30 – 9.00 Youtube (Mostly vlogs by English speakers, some Japanese)

9.00 – 10.30 Japanese film/TV, Nintendo DS (Japanese games) or read manga

10.30 - Bedtime

So, in total I am doing something in Japanese for a total of 5 hours and 40 minutes…hmmm respectable I suppose, but if I look a bit closer at my list there are areas I could easily improve on. Well, let’s see…

7.00 – 7.20 – Make breakfast and lunch – I could be listening to Japanese audio in the kitchen. Time to dust down that old portable CD player.

7.20 – 7.40 Shower and change – Shower audio device?? (one for google)

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch break - One from the Ministry of The Bleeding Obvious here. This time could be dedicated to reading or more Anki reps.

18.20 – 19.30 – Make dinner – Again let’s get some audio going on here you frekkin genius.

20.30 – 21.00 – Youtube – only subscribe to Japanese speakers…I must stop watching vlogs of American’s talking about learning Japanese, it’s not going to get me anywhere.

If I incorporated the above I would add a good 3 and a bit hours of Japanesey stuff to my current amount which would give me a grand total of 9 hours of immersion. That’s an extra 15 hours a week with just a little more effort.

Those hours could make the difference.

Question: What is your daily routine? Have you incorporated any ingenious ways of cramming that extra little bit of Japanese into your average day?

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