Ultimately, Japanese is an easy language to learn because it has such a well-developed learning support infrastructure — for regular as well as remedial users 1. The trick is tapping into the infrastructure.
That’s what SRS has always been about — for me, at least: how to exploit — leverage — the existing infrastructure, how to co-opt it for our use and benefit.
Not every language has a good infrastructure, even languages with massive user populations and healthy media output. Good luck finding Hindi or Cantonese dictionaries .
Having said that, all hope is not lost, even with languages that have less robust infrastructure; with some investment of time and resources, and tweaking of methods, you can create yourself a local infrastructure (=environment) that does the job of creating an “engineered inevitability” situation where you’re getting used to the language in a manageable, repeatable, inexorable way (cf: MCDs). So a system, basically. But one that’s actually good. One that actually works.
It’s not the language, it’s the infrastructure and how you orient yourself to it.
Anyway, just random thoughts…about your Mom…
- This is AJATTspeak…verbal acrobatics intended to be helpful. Regular=normal/native. Remedial=L2/JSL=you ↩