Mass Immersion Approach

Overview

Stage 1 – Getting Started

  • Read all Stage 1 articles
  • Re-read Stage 1 articles at the pace of one article a day, and after finishing, read Stage 2 articles at the same pace (ongoing)
  • Acquire immersion content and begin immersing (ongoing)
  • Obtain an SRS and learn how to use its basic features
  • Learn the basics of the phonetic and writing systems (Japanese: Hiragana and Katakana. Chinese: Pinyin)
  • (Japanese/Chinese only) Go through Recognition RTK / RTH (1K cards)
  • Learn and SRS (bilingual sentence cards) basic grammar and vocab (1K cards)
  • Through sentence mining, make ~2.5K bilingual sentence cards
  • (Optional) Continue to learn grammar and vocab from a pre-made deck alongside sentence mining. This can count towards the ~2.5K bilingual sentence cards.

Stage 2 – Survival Level

  • Re-read Stage 2 articles at the pace of one article a day, and after finishing, read Stage 3 articles at the same pace (ongoing)
  • Continue to immerse (ongoing)
  • Make the Monolingual Transition
  • Through sentence mining, make ~3K monolingual sentence cards. This should bring you to ~7K sentence cards total

Stage 3 – Functional

  • Re-read Stage 3 articles at the pace of one article a day, and after finishing, read Stage 4 articles at the same pace (ongoing)
  • Continue to immerse (ongoing)
  • Continue to sentence mine, and make an additional ~3K monolingual sentence cards. This should bring you to ~10K sentence cards total (ongoing)
  • (For those seeking fluency or above) Adopt a parent, and start shadowing (ongoing)
  • (Japanese only; for those seeking fluency or above) Learn pitch accent theory
  • (For those not seeking fluency and above) Begin to output

Stage 4 – Fluent

  • Re-read Stage 4 articles at the pace of one article a day, and after finishing, read Stage 5 articles at the same pace (ongoing)
  • Continue to immerse (ongoing)
  • Continue to make monolingual sentence cards through sentence mining, but at a reduced rate (ongoing)
  • Begin to output (ongoing)
  • (Japanese/Chinese only) Go through Production RTK1+3 / RTH 1+2

Stage 5 – Professionally Competent to Native Level

  • Re-read Stage 5 articles at the pace of one article a day (ongoing)
  • Continue to immerse (ongoing)
  • Continue to make monolingual sentence cards through sentence mining, but at a further reduced rate (ongoing)
  • Begin to make clozed/production cards to learn specific cultural knowledge (ongoing)
  • Continue to output, and get corrected (ongoing)
  • Study the history of the culture your target language is associated with
  • Study the grammar of your target language using resources meant for natives
  • (Japanese only) Study Keigo
  • (Japanese/Chinese only) Study classical Japanese/Chinese

Notes

With the exception of Stage 5, which has no tangible end, each stage is estimated to take the majority of people between 6 months and 1 year to complete. The amount of time it will take to complete each stage will vary significantly depending on the daily amount of time dedicated to the target language, the inherent difficulty of the target language in relation to the languages the learner has already acquired, and the specific disposition of the learner. Expectations related to time investment and results will be covered in-depth in a later article.

The overview is designed to be adaptable to fit a range of goals and target languages; steps beginning with a gray highlight only apply to a subset of learners. “Ongoing” means that the step is meant to be practiced alongside the other steps in the stage, rather than completed before moving on. Steps that are not marked as “ongoing” are meant to be completed one at a time, in the order that they are presented in (with the exception of Stage 5, where the order of the non-ongoing steps should be chosen in accordance with the priorities and interests of the learner). Steps which appear in multiple stages, such as “continue to immerse” or “continue to make sentence cards,” may differ in specific instruction depending on the stage. Whenever this is the case, specific instructions will be given in the Practice section of each the Stage.

The answers to any questions you may have about the overview, practical or theoretical, are likely to be found in later articles.