Japanese Studies: Avoid this mistake

Tatami no ue ni suiren
Practicing how to swim on the tatami
(Knowledge alone will get you only so far)

At a glance this proverbs may seem to suggest that we should fake it till we make it, or do the best with what we have. What it really means however, is that studying from a book is not enough, you have to actually do something in order to really learn it.

So even if you practice your swim strokes on the tatami mat, you still need to actually do those strokes in water before you can really learn how to swim.

The same rules apply to your Japanese studies in the following ways:

  •  Learning the on/kun readings of kanjis is no substitute for actually reading the kanji in the words that make up a sentence. You need to  read in order to learn kanji.
  •   Listening to a textbook CD is no substitute for listening to real-life Japanese.
  •   Practicing in Japanese class is no substitute for speaking in Japanese in a real situation.
  • Taking mock tests for the JLPT N4 or JLPT N5 and getting a high score is no substitute for taking the real exam and receiving a certificate for passing.

It is important to keep practicing in whatever way you can, however it is also important to use Japanese as you would your native language.

Remember to get your copy of the JLPT Wall Chart so you can start learning all the kanji and vocabulary you need for the JLPT N4 or N5…

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