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Why Are You Still Trying To Learn from Your Mistakes?

February 25, 2014

Failure has nothing to teach you. Don’t learn from your mistakes. There is one and only one bit of useful, reliable information you can safely glean from failure: “that didn’t work”. Which is wonderful, because now you know to consider maybe not doing that any more. But that’s all you get in terms of valuable, actionable, safe information. Nothing...

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It Worked For Me, Why Not You? The Success Story of a Frenchman In The Netherlands Who Learned English (and Now Japanese) The AJATT Way

February 20, 2014
It Worked For Me, Why Not You? The Success Story of a Frenchman In The Netherlands Who Learned English (and Now Japanese) The AJATT Way

Good day to you, Mr. Khatz It’s morning here in cloudy Amsterdam, and I just thought I’d kill some time sharing my little story with you while eating yesterday’s leftover sushi. There is nothing quite like raw fish in the morning. I really just want to thank you for your website. There, I’ve said it. That’s the whole point...

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Won’t Raw Immersion Make Me Mislearn Words?

February 15, 2014

Anonymous on February 12, 2014 at 03:54 The one thing that I’m self conscious about (and I speak from analogous experience) is that I’ll learn incorrectly. I’m not sure how to explain it too well, but essentially, I’d learn these words as functions rather than as words, if that makes any sense. Like, when I was playing Tear Ring...

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Don’t You Think It’s Time You Grew Some Eggs and Turned Your OS Japanese?

February 10, 2014

You wouldn’t believe how many gaijin I know in Japan who are convinced — absolutely convinced — that turning on Japanese TV or changing their gadget interfaces to Japanese will not help. Most have never tried. Some did try for a couple of weeks. My question is: why are they so sure? Where does that certainty come from? They...

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How Is Learning a Language Like Breathing?

February 5, 2014

Difference matters more than distance. The distance between nothing and something is small. But the difference is infinite. “Cause snobs” often talk about making a difference. They’re especially fond of overly combative, guilt-inducing statements like: “if you’re not part of the solution, part you’re part of the problem”. Arguably, they’re right. And if they are, that means that your...

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What Is The End Game of Learning A Language?

January 30, 2014

Quick! What's your end game with brushing your teeth? Where are you hoping to go with that? What are you hoping to do with it? What kind of jobs (ugh) can you get with yer clean-a$$ teeth? What's the plan? Are you going to be a TV anchor? Huh? Are you planning on travelling to a country where they...

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