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Except one. It was an advanced class in newspaper reading. It was an experiment to see if I was on the right track. From it, I learned why had learned so I hate language classes and why no one ever seems to learn anything from taking them. The amazing thing to me isn't that people do learn stuff outside of classes, but that anyone learns anything INSIDE one.\n\nThe teacher was and is a wonderful man. It's not his fault that Japanese classes are almost all bad. It's just that the very idea of 15-20 people reading newspaper articles chosen by one person, whether or not they are interested in those articles, and then having to finish reading those articles even if they turn out to be drool-inducingly boring, is doomed to failure.\n\nJapanese takes time. But it it doesn't take suffering, boredom or the fear of bad grades. In fact opposite is true: only by enjoying Japanese and doing it all the time - making it the centre of your life - can you truly get anywhere in it.
Or at least a full calendar and to-do list. And let me be the first to admit that although I was an A-student, my coursework eventually started to suffer...ironically, though, this wasn't because I was busy. In fact, I think it's because I wasn't busy enough. It was an interesting combination of factors: I had just enough free time to procrastinate, just enough arrogance to think "school's all a waste of time, anyhow", and worst of all, just enough fear to become paralyzed into inaction.\n
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Hey! Thank you for visiting [[AllJapaneseAllTheTimeDotCom|www.alljapaneseallthetime.com]]! I am your host, Khatzumoto. [img[Khatzumoto, your host|images/khatzumoto.gif]]\nThis site is about learning Japanese without taking classes, by having fun and doing things you enjoy, and doing those things often enough that you become fluent in Japanese: able to speak, read and write it just as a person from Japan would.\n\nI learned Japanese in 18 months. In June 2004, at the ripe old age of 21, all post-pubescent and supposedly past my mental prime, I started learning Japanese. By September 2005, I had learned enough to read technical material, conduct business correspondence and job interviews in Japanese. By the next month, I landed a job as a software engineer at a large Japanese company in Tokyo (yay!).\n\nHow did I do it? Well, by spending 18-24 hours a day doing something, anything in Japanese ("all Japanese, all the time"). That sounds like a lot of time to invest, but I was almost as busy as you are: a full-time student majoring in computer science at a university in a small town in the US (Utah), physically far from Japan and Japanese people. I had computer science coursework, jobs and even a non-Japanese "significant other". In other words, [[I had a life]].\n\nSo what? Well, my point is not that I'm better or you or smarter than you. I am not. I am not special - in fact, I have an incredible latent ability to make mistakes that other people never make. But I got achieved some good results and there were reasons for that, namely:\n#The belief that there are certain things that anyone (yes, you) anywhere can do that will allow you to learn Japanese to native-level fluency. A lot of people, perhaps most people, deep down believe that they can't, and then wonder why they don't.\n#The action: research, trial and error - doing and finding out about what some of those things are. \nI call those things "[[The Khatzumoto Method|method.html]]", because I like to take credit for [[other people's ideas]]. Now, not everything works for everyone. But I believe that a lot of those things can work for you, especially since one of the key ideas is "doing whatever you enjoy, as long as it's in Japanese". You *can* do it; if you know how to enjoy yourself, then you can learn Japanese to fluency.\n\nSo, if you're wanting to learn Japanese but don't know where to start, or if you already know some but want to take it further, if you want to not just get by in Japanese but to ''own'' it, than this site is here for you, to share with you the [[mental and physical tools you can use to learn Japanese to native-level fluency|method.html]].\n\nFinally, whatever you do, remember to ''enjoy yourself''!\n
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My Japanese is not at native-level yet. But it allows me to read, understand, say and write anything and everything that a typical Japanese adult might. At the office, I:\n\n*write reports\n*take minutes at meetings\n*conduct pointless arguments over whether Windows is better than Linux, you know, the usual.\n*Last week (October 8, 2006), I even MCed a wedding. \n\nI've been living in Japan almost 4 months now, and I had [[never visited Japan before coming to live here]]. But a lot of people think that I grew up here or have been here several years. Again, this is not a result of being special or smart. It's a result of consistently applied [[technique|method.html]].\n\n\n\n\n
Qualification: I visited Tokyo for 2 days in October 2005, for a job interview. Does that count?