After mostly finishing the beginner’s course, I am now working on new decks for intermediate learners. These ones are fully built around video recommendations. I search for easily comprehensible videos on YouTube, which fit your current level of Japanese. Then, I teach the most important unknown words to make watching the videos as easy as possible. I usually use more than just a single sentence for this. These decks and the playlist with all videos are available for patrons only. Note that the videos are all publicly available and you can try finding more of them yourself: Make sure to check out the channels of the creators!

How to watch the videos

I recommend to use the language reactor addon. It turns YouTube into a stop-and-go player, has a dictionary and sometimes also translations to help you figuring out what’s being said. Here are the most important controls:

  • q: toggle autoplay (this is on by default, try turning it off in the beginning)
  • a: previous subtitle line
  • s: replay current subtitle line
  • d: next subtitle line

I also recommend that you re-watch the videos after a few days, but don’t overdo it – rewatching once or twice should be sufficient. To do so, just keep the flashcard with the links in Anki until it shows up for the next time.

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