lazer85 wrote:I don't want to say its impossible, but your going to have to combine a natural talent for languages with insane concentration and efficiency. The fact that you would even consider watching anime makes me think you aren't going to pull it off.
Liking anime has nothing to do with your ability or otherwise to learn nor does it say whether or not you're serious about studying the language, the history or anything else. Anyone who's studied languages in a formal environment knows that ANY listening material in the native tongue is beneficial in many, many respects. If that happens to be anime, so be it. Balancing it with a range of other sources is best, of course - you can't just learn Japanese from watching anime. But you CAN use anime as a study aid to consolidate and to tune in your ear to speed and accent and if it helps, then it SHOULD be used, not discarded out of hand. Remember you can't learn this language simply from studying strictly for JLPT exams either...right?
Personally, I think studying for JLPT1 from scratch is difficult. I don't think it's impossible to learn all of the things you need to pass. However, it won't be stored in your long term memory. Like cramming for a test, you'll forget everything you've crammed in a short space of time.
When I took my Spanish A-level, I did it in a year - I don't remember most of my Spanish now, because it wasn't as deeply ingrained as my French. I did French for 9 years and can still read/write/understand/speak it (although it's been pushed to the back by my Japanese) because it's more in my long-term memory and therefore hasn't been forgotten.
Ironically that was actually useful to me recently since I can't read classical Japanese yet (I can only pick out bits of my copy of Heike Monogatari, and there isn't an English translation of the Hougen and Heiji Monogatari...>.>)
I'm not really bothered about N1 and even if I pass N2 this winter I'm not for sure going to take N1. I think JLPT provides a good framework for study, especially when you're mostly doing it by yourself, but that's really all it can do. I'm rather hoping more to return to university and do something more wide-ranging than a multiple choice test, since I want to be able to use the language properly.
Going back on point, if you do do it, good luck - but I think you'll find in the long run that it's a waste of your time and your money doing it that way. Also you lose the fun and interest of learning Japanese if you're just trying to absorb it all in a short space of time. Learning a language is about enjoying yourself and about branching out into other areas - such as the history, the culture, and yes, if you so wish, the anime and manga and TV dramas. Think why
you're studying the subject in the first place...taking the exam should be a product of your interest and hard work, not the entire focus of your study plans.
There are no short cuts to learning a language fully and in depths - so take your time and have fun with it instead