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?