mieth wrote:The issue with input only is that when you are watching movies, dramas etc there is rarely a case where they say the things that you need to be able to say. For example when do you ever hear in a drama someone say something like "the guy in front of me`s ticket didn`t go through and for some reason it looks like my suica won`t either. Could you check it out for me?" I watch a lot of Japanese myself but nothing you watch will ever prepare you for this kind of situation.. One that I was actually in the other day. The fact of the matter is that you need to be around and listening to ordinary people in ordinary situations to enable you to effectively communicate. The input available just will not teach you this. Even if you listen 28 hours a day.
I think you are missing the point though. The idea is to become _fluent_ in the language, i.e. to make it part of you, just as much as English. Did you ever have to explicitly learn in English how to say x, w, z? A living language is more than just a collection of specific phrases. Sure, if you are going to Japan next week, and anticipate certain requirements, things you need to be able to say, then AJATT is not for you. If your goal is total fluency (a long term project), then what you need is massive, constant exposure to the language. Forget learning 'this is what you say when you need X'. You need to hear Japanese for breakfast lunch and tea so that you couldn't possibly not know how to ask for what you need.