Tactics

How to Understand Japanese

We finally come to the end of our declarations. This one is short, but sweet. Simple, yet vital. And here it is: I UNDERSTAND JAPANESE.

If you’re starting at the end (i.e. this is the first post on our declarations that you’ve read) then you might want to hop on over to the initial post first and then come back after you’ve read it. You can find it in the link below. Otherwise, let’s continue!

Click this link to go to the first post on declarations.

The Power of Belief

First of all, what is a belief? Many people think that their beliefs are “the facts of life.” But isn’t it true that you believed things when you were much younger that you no longer believe? What happened?

Well for most people, they acquired new information that challenged their old beliefs and ended up proving them to be false. So they REPLACED their old believes with new, more supportive ones.

Here’s the interesting part, your beliefs can help you out REGARDLESS if they are true or not!

Some people say that a believe is just “a thought that you repeated think.” So the power of a belief is that it can help you or hinder you even if it’s not “true.” Fortunately or unfortunately that is just the way our minds work. So why not use it to our advantage?

What Happens to Your Mind When You Believe vs. When You Don’t Believe

So you say to yourself “I understand Japanese.” But then your little voice chimes in and says “that’s not true! You only know one word!”

Let’s do a little experiment; no cheating now! Do you know what the word Copacetic means?

Some of you might (nice!) but 99% of you won’t because it is very rarely used in English. So since you didn’t understand one word, does that mean you don’t understand English? Of course not! (by the way, it means ‘in excellent fashion’)

Most English speaking people only ever use a tiny fraction of the total available English words. And yet they will all tell you that they understand English. That’s because as long as you know some English, you qualify as understanding the language. There is no official rule as to when you “understand” it or not.

It’s the same way with Japanese. If you understand as much as one single word, then you understand Japanese. You might not be fluent, but you still count as being able to understand some words.

  • こんにちは!  
    konnichi wa!

    Hello!

Now why does this matter?

When someone starts speaking in Japanese and they use words that you don’t know yet, one of two things will happen.

  1. You say to yourself, “I don’t understand this” and then your brain SHUTS DOWN!
  2. You say to yourself, “I understand Japanese” and then your brain goes into overdrive and focuses on trying to understand what they are saying.

Now, the only question is this: which one of these two options will help you to become better at Japanese? I think we can all agree that #2 is a much more useful and supportive believe when it comes to learning Japanese.

This the main reason for the final declaration. To make sure that every time you hear Japanese, your brain turns on and tunes in to what they are saying and your understanding increases.

Simple and Actionable

That’s is for all the declarations. Congratulations on making it all the way through! You rock!

I hope that you have found these simple to understand and easy to implement. After all, if you can’t use them then what’s the point?

Nevertheless, I want to honor you for taking the time to read about them and understand how they can help you. Thank you!

As a final note, what if you could make the entire process of changing your beliefs automatic? What if you could simply listen to an audio recording and have your subconscious beliefs improved without doing anything else?

That’s exactly what you will learn how to do right here!

Now I want to hear from you! Which declaration resonates with you the most?

Which actions are you going to start implementing into your Japanese studies? Let me know in the comments below!

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