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2C: Immersion Guide

To quickly progress from level 4 to level 5 comprehension in your chosen domain, you will alternate between two different activities: reading and listening.

You can alternate between these focuses daily or weekly. It's up to you to figure out what fits best into your life, your interests, and your energy levels.

Below, we’ve created example immersion plans for each of the two activities above. Both immersion plans assume you are trying to master the slice-of-life domain.

Reading Focus

Intensive Immersion

  • Watching: Friends with subtitles
  • Reading: A slice of life comic book
  • Reading: Personal blogs

Sentence Mining:

  • Try to understand every unknown word and create cards for nearly all of them.

Passive Listening:

  • Listen to the audio from Friends so you can hear the words you're learning in Anki.

Listening Focus

Free-flow immersion without supports:

  • Watching: How I met your Mother
  • Watching: YouTube videos with personal anecdotes
  • Listening: Podcasts with personal anecdotes

Level Up

By the end of Stage 2C, you should have level 5 comprehension of slice-of-life content meant for adults. Use the following instructions to test yourself.

Choose an episode of a slice-of-life TV show that you have never seen before. Turn off the subtitles. Watch the entire episode without pausing or rewinding. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can you hear nearly every word spoken?
  • Can you understand every detail of the plot?
  • Can you automatically understand the majority of the dialogue without having to think about it?

If the answer is no to any of them, don't worry! Just keep immersing and you'll be ready for Stage 3 in no time.

If the answer to all three is yes, then you're ready for Stage 3. Congratulations!

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