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Javizy wrote:It's an interesting idea, but I can't see it being much more than a novelty on this website. You can't expect them to transcribe anything of great length, and what else is it going to teach you? You can gain massive amounts of exposure to everyday Japanese through mediums like those untmdsprt mentioned. There are plenty of bantery podcasts aimed at natives (try switching to the Japanese iTunes store), and you can watch TV shows on websites like veoh and you Tube, or certain channels through live streaming with programs like Livestation. You can also add your own conversations on Skype, to truly test your comprehension in real time. Since you have to respond, everything they say is like a little listening comprehension test.
jbraswell wrote:Hmm, I'm not sure I agree. Why can't they transcribe anything of meaningful length? It recently cost me $100 to get a 26-minute segment transcribed, and it took 2-3 days. So, I can't imagine it would difficult to do a five- or ten-minute conversation at their current rate of one "advanced" lesson per week.
And yes, given that I'm getting such things transcribed, I'm of course taking advantage of all kind of "real" Japanese resources, but it's a huge benefit to have usage notes, transcriptions, line-by-line audio, etc. for the material as well. (After all, if these things are useful for "scripted" Japanese, why would you think them less useful for real Japanese? If anything, they're far, far more useful.)
Javizy wrote:How do the transcriptions help in terms of studying? After you get to the stage where you can understand spoken Japanese, you just need to carry on learning new vocabulary and grammar until there's nothing left to catch you out. Most of the time, when I have trouble with the JPod dialogue, I can understand it by the end of the lesson because they've covered everything I didn't know, and it's short enough to be digested and reviewed efficiently.
I'm guessing you're pretty much set in your study methods though, so I'd suggest something like the Death Note manga, which has an anime series that follows it almost word-for-word. There seem to be a number of manga series like this, so it might be worth looking into. I used to try to absorb it all, as well, but I found it very boring going over it again and again, and ended up remembering very little for all the effort, since it was impractical to review, which was very frustrating. Since I've been using Anki to review sentences, I find myself making comparatively rapid progress, and the exposure and speaking practice are a lot of fun and help my listening comprehension by the day.