Once you’re familiar with the basics of Japanese, you can seriously start to study with movies. This will teach you as many words as you like and ultimately leads to perfect, fluent listening comprehension and good reading skills. In order to start, you need to learn the basics of Japanese grammar and should know around 1000 words. Being able to read Japanese is not required, jlab teaches this along the way.
Bad news first: You won’t learn much from just watching movies, at least not until you reach upper intermediate / advanced level. Instead, we’ll use movie flashcards, which will lead you through the plot step by step. You can repeat what’s being said as often as you like for leveling up your listening comprehension. Jlab’s tools help you quickly figure out unknown things. If you remember a card, Anki will show it again at increasing time intervals, which will boost your skills. Afterwards, you’ll be able to watch the movie without subtitles.
Easily comprehensible input will boost your learning speed, that’s why you should only focus on easy sentences. While movies are made for entertaining native speakers, they also contain lots of easy parts, that’s what we will dig out. Everything else will be deleted. Simply read the english translation if available, then press ctrl + del in Anki.
Here’s what you want to delete:
Things you’re not interested in
Cards that contain more than 1 unknown word or term
Cards you understand immediately
Here’s what to keep:
Only things you’re interested in
Cards with at most 1 unknown term
Cards without unknown words you don’t understand by listening comprehension immediately
Jlab splits learning into two parts: First, you resolve unknown words during listening comprehension, text on these flashcards should be displayed in roumaji, this way you’re not slowed down by the difficult Japanese writing systems. After a while, listening cards turn into reading cards. Since you already looked up all unknown words, you’re guaranteed to understand the sentences on these cards. Using Jlab’s kana and kanji trainer you can step by step mix in Japanese characters and practice reading them in an intuitive way. It’s also possible to have all cards display in kana or kanji right away, if you prefer this.
Studying with movies can be frustrating, because it will remind you of what you’re not yet able to understand every day. It is extremely important to get used to and ultimately to ignore this. Deleting difficult flashcards right away is absolutely essential here.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to delete your flashcards, in particular boring and difficult parts. Don’t ever be afraid of this! Ultimately, even the easier cards must be deleted to make room for lots of new content, the jlab addon automatically takes care of this.