AJATT COM ALL JAPANESE ALL THE TIME
Git up, Git up, Git Down, JLPT is the Joke in Yo’ Town: Why I Hate the JLPT and Why It’s a Waste of Your Time and Money
Focus on 日本語, not on stupid tests. Take it from someone who knows: your daily interactions in Japanese are the greatest preparation and proof of proficiency. Watching comedy shows, talking to friends, reading manga ? this is the real deal; this is life; this is your test of Japanese language proficiency. You should aim to be so good at Japanese that some stupid deskmonkey circle-filling test of it would simply be an insult to your very being ? a proposition as ludicrous as asking you to take the TOEIC or TOEFL.
Do. Not. Learn. Japanese. To. Take. Tests. In.
こうしたTADOKU的な考え方、言語習得の方法がここから世界にどんどん広まっているようです。また、いわゆる言語研究者達の中にも、こうした先進的な考えを提唱している方々もいます。Stephen Krashen という有名な方がいらっしゃって、その方の提唱する英語習得についての論理も実にTadoku的です。
The Compelling (not just interesting) Hypothesis
たくさんのインプットが先に来て、それから自然に習得していくという説です。この方は日本でも大変有名な方で、彼の説は多くの学習サイトでも語られているようですが、ちょっとひっかかるのは、”INPUT"のみに注目があつまっているところ。Stephenさんはけして、ただINPUTすればいいといっているのではありません。Compelling （Not Just Interesting)Hypothesisという題名のようにとにかく、夢中になって楽しんで本を読んだり、お話を聞いたり、ドラマを見たり、人と話したりすること。もう、Interesting（興味）なんてものを超えてCompelling（Compellingって、受験英語だと、強いる。。みたいな意味が主なんですがここではそうではないんですよね～。）もう、夢中になれるような素材にたっぷりふれ、学習をしているなどという考えを忘れるくらいのめりこむこと。そうしているうちに、気がついたら言葉がついてくる。と、述べていらっしゃいます。お勉強的になんでもいいからとにかく読めというスパルタ式多読とはぜんぜん違うんですね。
Stephen Krashen 2011
Many Japanese English-learners are annoyed at their unsatisfied English proficiency
after all the hard work through junior high school, high school and even through university.
How many years is it, all told? 10 years!!! Phew!!
It seems like it's a common problem all over the world. One of my friends in Canada says there are many people around her who complain that they cannot use the languages they studied at school as they are supposed to do.
On the other hand, recently, there are many young foreign people who are learning Japanese
quite well. Most of them read Japanese comic and watch anime or dramas a lot!! They do it just for a total joy, without thinking about "Studying Japanese". They enjoy those materials because they just love them and want to know what will happen next. They cannot stop reading, cannot put the book down! And before they know it, they have learned Japanese quite a lot. Then, some of them would come to try learning it more deeply or precisely. Actually, when I read some writings by foreign people who are learning Japanese by this "Tadoku" way, I clearly find big differences between them and those who are "just studying Japanese". Their writings are quite natural and attractive. Of course there are lots of mistakes in their Japanese but their natural writing style and attractive contents just catch my eyes and let me not notice such small mistakes.
Those new-type language learners, who always seek for fun and new information, all seem to get connected to each other somewhere and reach the two powerful language learning leaders.
Here's the HP held by an enthusiastic American Japanese-learner; Ajatt；the envy of many Japanese-learners all around the world.
(One of my friends who just has kept enjoying Japanese comic, anime and dramas and now enjoys even novels, told me about this site. Thanks so much, my friend!!^^)
He is writing how enjoyably people can learn languages including his true experiences
through comic, dramas, movies, books, etc.
Here's one of his entries in which I totally agree with him.
"Focus on 日本語, not on stupid tests. Take it from someone who knows: your daily interactions in Japanese are the greatest preparation and proof of proficiency. Watching comedy shows, talking to friends, reading manga ? this is the real deal; this is life; this is your test of Japanese language proficiency. You should aim to be so good at Japanese that some stupid deskmonkey circle-filling test of it would simply be an insult to your very being ? a proposition as ludicrous as asking you to take the TOEIC or TOEFL.
Do. Not. Learn. Japanese. To. Take. Tests. In."
Especially, I love here^^.
"Focus on 日本語、not on stupid tests.
Watching comedy shows, talking to friends, reading manga.
This is the real deal; this is life; this is your test of Japanese language proficiency."
With his such new, fun and unique ideas about learning Japanese, Ajatt attracts many young people from all over the world and lots of readers are exchanging their opinions, thoughts and ideas quite actively. Each comment is really worthy to read.
Sometimes, some people leave negative comments on his posts like "I cannot agree with you. You could have done it because it's you. But I can't, because I'm not you.".
However, Ajatt's ongoing attitude to enjoyable learning language and his straight, strong messages to his readers never flinch. He keeps encouraging his followers and those who are suffering from studying Japanese with learning grammar and memorizing words, chanting
"Let's enjoy! You can do it!".
There's another advocator of the new-style of language learning. Dr. Stephen Krashen, a famous linguist. His way of thinking about learning languages also sounds like "Tadoku" very much.
(This is an article which also my friend shared with me!)
In his report, he says that input is quite important for the language acquisition and should come first. After that, people would acquire the language more naturally.
His theory is pretty famous among English-educators in Japan too. I have read some articles on their blogs to talk about his theory. However, I am little concerned about it, because most of them seem to focus too much on only one word, "INPUT".
What he means is not "Just input". As the title of his report, "Compelling （Not Just Interesting)Hypothesis" . He says we've got to totally enjoy the story, submerging ourselves into the world of story as much as we forget that we are learning the language.
"Compelling means that the input is so interesting you forget that it is in another language. It means you are in a state of "flow" (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990). In flow, the concerns ofeveryday life and even the sense of self disappear - our sense of time is altered and nothing but the activity itself seems to matter. Flow occurs during reading when readersare "lost in the book" (Nell, 1988) or in the "Reading Zone" (Atwell, 2007).
Compelling input appears to eliminate the need for motivation, a conscious desire to
improve. When you get compelling input, you acquire whether you are interested in
improving or not."
He says, after that, they are surprised to know that they've improved so much.
That's totally different from "Just input or just read any books", "Spartan Reading" if I dare to say, as common educators recommend to language learners.
(Please to be noticed: I'm not saying "We need only input" or "All what we need is input to acquire the language". I know how other process is important for us, like "output".
Here, I'm focusing on what "INPUT" we need means.)
He is giving a speech about learning language all over the world.
Here is one of them, in 2011
His speeches are quite fun and interesting.
In this speech, he says, "The government makes students study tongs of grammar rules and words. But it's a waste of time and money." " Learning language through grammar and words?
For me, now it just sounds like imagination".
Yeah, I agree with him, I don't know if his theory is totally right or not, though.
But at least, I never believe that foreign people can learn Japanese
with grammar rules and world practices only. Our language is too much complicated^^;)
Ajatt, Dr.Stephen Krashen and Tadoku.
If we search more, there might be more people who have such fun and interesting ideas to
learn languages to share with us. And there seems to be people who are following the new wave and acquiring the target languages far beyond general knowledge.
I bet nobody can stop this flow. It will spread around the world far and wide.
How about Japan?
Will we keep the old style, "English for Tests, for scores at school"?, sticking to
"STUDYING ENGLISH" to judge our English ability only by the scores or to be judged ourselves by the result of English tests?
And we've got to realize that we adults, who have been living without using English in practice or acquiring it well enough, are forcing the same mistakes on our children.
Our world keeps changing and moving ahead.
Our children will be living in the future world.
We should not prevent them from living in their bright futures.