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I’m jinsei and this blog is a diary of my attempt to simultaneously learn Mandarin and Japanese through the method of constant input, 24/7/365. Michal Wojcik and Tomasz Szynalski were the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of this method when they learned English to a level of near-native fluency in 3 short years. The method was then made popular by Khatzumoto on his website All Japanese, All The Time (and from whom I shamelessly stole the title of this blog).

I’ve been learning Japanese for 3 years now using traditional methods. I’ve been through three different college level instructors, four at-home study programs, and a six week stay in Japan, and through all this I only learned about 100 kanji. And although I was able to ask directions and order food in Japan, and was (usually) understood, I was rarely able to understand the reply I received, and still can’t understand 95% of the Japanese I hear. It was almost enough to make me gave up.

Then I met the love of my life, a Taiwanese student at my university. Not surprisingly, I have now have good reason and a great motivation to learn Mandarin Chinese. However I think she would agree that if I invested the same amount of time into Mandarin that I put into Japanese, and if three years from now my Mandarin was at my current Japanese level, it’d be a complete waste of time. Surely there must be a more efficient way, I thought. And that’s when I found Khatzumoto’s method.

My project is to simultaneously learn Mandarin and Japanese using the method of Wojcik, Szynalski, and Khatzumoto. This blog is where I will document my progress, including rants on what works, what does not, and what changes I make. I consider this an experiment in linguistics: the all-input, all-the-time method has a strong basis in the science of memory acquisition and the psychology of language learning, however very few case studies of its application exist. This blog is my attempt to remedy that, and to assist others who might are trying to apply the all-input method to their own language studies.

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