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Rigabamboo here with the best of the AJATT+ forum.
Do you like DDR?
Okay, great. I have good news for you.
You’re going to play DDR. I’m going to help you be really good at DDR.
Here, get on the machine.
You can even pick the song. And the difficulty. It doesn’t matter. Just pick something.
Okay, good. Now you’re playing DDR. You’re having fun, right? Because you like DDR?
Now… don’t stop for five hours.
You want to get good at this, right? Well, to do that you should play a lot. More effort = more betterness, right? I can see you’re in pain. That’s good. Just push through that pain.
What’s that? You’re tired? Too bad. This is important. You should play DDR.
What? You don’t like DDR anymore? You’re quitting? You don’t want to play DDR ever again?
I think I’ve lost track of what I was trying to say, so let’s just hear from AJATT+ member アンソニー:
I freaking love DDR. I love dancing to the music in DDR, much like I love the content of my srs. If I were to force myself to without variation, play DDR for 5 hours every day, I would grow to hate DDR, despite the fact that the content of the game is really fun. I would also be physically exhausted, and unable to have fun playing DDR under those conditions, just as having high daily expectations of srsing everyday would mentally exhaust me, even though the contents of my srs deck is fun.
Oh, right! Thanks アンソニー. Learning Japanese should be like playing DDR, or whatever your addiction of choice is. If you force yourself to do it, for hours and hours, you’re going to hate it. But if you do it whenever you feel like it, and you quit when you want to, you’ll not only love life more, but you’ll see more improvement. Because you’ll keep going back to the game.
Trying too hard = pain = burn out = no improvement.
Treating Japanese like your favorite video game = fun = keep doing it = becoming awesome.
Always keep the Japanese going (I wish there was a catchy way to say that… like AKTJG or something… hmm, maybe it’ll come to me later), but don’t always be exerting effort. Don’t make your SRS own your whole day, or even more than an hour. Don’t do the same stuff. Give yourself variety.
Just, please…. don’t make video games a chore.
Original post here.