Matt is creating an army of perapera gaijin
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$2,099
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In Japanese, "perapera" means "fluent", and "gaijin" means "non-Japanese person" or "foreigner". The sad reality is that a large majority of people who set out to learn Japanese never reach a high level, and I want to change that.

Who am I?
My name is Matt, and I started learning Japanese around the middle of 2011. I used the "all Japanese all the time" (AJATT) method, as presented by Khatzumoto on the AJATT website. I did literally everything in my life in Japanese; my computer and phone were set to Japanese, I constantly kept headphones in and listened to Japanese podcasts all day, I watched tons of raw anime, J-drama, and J-movies and read tons of manga and Japanese novels. I combined this with James Heisig's "Remembering the Kanji", and the spaced repetition software "Anki". Around 3 years and 10,000 flashcards later, I was fluent in Japanese, by anyone's definition of the word. I did spend six months in Japan in the middle of 2012, but honestly, I don't think that made a big difference in my Japanese ability. I spent most of my time in Japan doing exactly what I would have been doing back home: cooped up in the library making flashcards and trying to decipher novels. Besides those six months, I was in the United States the entire time.

But, I found that being "fluent" just didn't really cut it. The gap between "fluency" and "native level" was much larger than I ever could have anticipated, and I simply wasn't satisfied with being a "second class citizen" linguistically. But because the original "AJATT method" is mainly geared towards getting people from "zero" to "fluent", it doesn't really talk about how to get from "fluent" to "native-like proficiency". Unfortunately, reaching native-like proficiency in a foreign language is something extremely rare, and so the best way to go about doing so is still mostly unclear. But through my own trial and error, combined with many hours of studying and philosophizing about language acquisition theory, I have uncovered a lot. I have discovered many innovations and additions to the original AJATT method that have allowed me to move past many plateaus. I don't claim to have all of the answers, but personally, I believe that I am on to something. My goal is to share that with you and help you follow in my footsteps.

As of this writing, I have been studying Japanese for 6.5 years. Besides those 6 months in 2012, I have been in the United States the entire time. I am by no means at a native level, but I can get confused for a native speaker on the phone, and have a larger Japanese vocabulary than most natives my age. If you really want to know how good I am, I suggest showing a video of me speaking Japanese to a native speaker and asking for their opinion.

What I Do
On my YouTube channel, "Matt VS Japan", I create videos detailing everything from the technical details of how to create your flashcards, to how to deal with losing motivation mid-journey. I cover the nitty-gritty details of how to actually put the original AJATT method into action, as well as how to continue to improve after reaching the outer limits of the AJATT method's original philosophy. Personally, I think my YouTube channel is an invaluable resource for anyone aspiring to reach a native-like level of proficiency in Japanese.

Currently, thanks to all of your support, I am able to create multiple videos each month (you guys are amazingly awesome!). But the more support I get, the more of my life I will be able to dedicate to creating content! For all of those who would like to be part of the enterprise and support me, I have various rewards, including bonus content and a discord server (see the right side of this page).

Come join the army and become part of the movement to reinvent what it means to be a "gaijin"!
Tiers
Access to Discord Server (Viewing Only)
$1 or more per month 95 patrons
At this tier you will be able to join my personal "Matt VS JAPAN" discord server and view what is posted, but you will not be able to participate in discussion yourself. This tier is great for those who would like to benefit from the resources, Q&A, and regular updates from me that are posted on the server, without the danger of getting caught up chatting away in English.
Includes Discord rewards
Access to Life Updates
$3 or more per month 27 patrons
At least once a month I release a video that covers something related to me personally, such as what I am currently doing to improve my own Japanese, interesting insights I had about language acquisition and life, clips of me speaking with Japanese people, and more.
Includes Discord rewards
Access to Bonus Content
$5 or more per month 138 patrons
At least once a month I release an AJATT-related video, such as interviews with other successful AJATTers, analyses of original AJATT articles, Q&A videos, and more.
Includes Discord rewards
Discord Server VIP (Participation Allowed)
$10 or more per month 88 patrons
You will gain the "VIP" tag in my personal "Matt VS Japan" discord server, which will allow you to participate in discussion and ask me questions directly. This is by far the best way to contact me. 
Includes Discord rewards
Shoutouts in Videos
$15 or more per month 15 patrons
I will personally thank you out loud at the end of each main channel video. Even if you decide to stop supporting me at some point in the future, the support that you did give me will be carved into the history of my (soon to become) legendary channel. 
Includes Discord rewards
Monthly Personal Consultations
$20 or more per month 7 patrons (sold out!)
Skype with me for 30 minutes each month. We can talk about AJATT logistics and how to keep you on track, but if you want we can talk about the awful breakup you are going through as well.
Includes Discord rewards
Monthly Personal Consultations
$100 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Skype with me for an 60-90 minutes each month! We can talk about AJATT logistics and how to keep you on track, but if you want we can talk about the awful breakup you are going through as well.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$2,099 of $5,000 per month
Vlog Trip to Japan! I will venture to the Land of the Rising Sun and film myself interacting with Japanese people in as many different situations as possible, in order to truly put my Japanese to the test (and see what reactions I get)! I will also go on a search for the best Japanese-speaking gaijin around, in order to learn from their experiences and discover how AJATT might be improved further.
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In Japanese, "perapera" means "fluent", and "gaijin" means "non-Japanese person" or "foreigner". The sad reality is that a large majority of people who set out to learn Japanese never reach a high level, and I want to change that.

Who am I?
My name is Matt, and I started learning Japanese around the middle of 2011. I used the "all Japanese all the time" (AJATT) method, as presented by Khatzumoto on the AJATT website. I did literally everything in my life in Japanese; my computer and phone were set to Japanese, I constantly kept headphones in and listened to Japanese podcasts all day, I watched tons of raw anime, J-drama, and J-movies and read tons of manga and Japanese novels. I combined this with James Heisig's "Remembering the Kanji", and the spaced repetition software "Anki". Around 3 years and 10,000 flashcards later, I was fluent in Japanese, by anyone's definition of the word. I did spend six months in Japan in the middle of 2012, but honestly, I don't think that made a big difference in my Japanese ability. I spent most of my time in Japan doing exactly what I would have been doing back home: cooped up in the library making flashcards and trying to decipher novels. Besides those six months, I was in the United States the entire time.

But, I found that being "fluent" just didn't really cut it. The gap between "fluency" and "native level" was much larger than I ever could have anticipated, and I simply wasn't satisfied with being a "second class citizen" linguistically. But because the original "AJATT method" is mainly geared towards getting people from "zero" to "fluent", it doesn't really talk about how to get from "fluent" to "native-like proficiency". Unfortunately, reaching native-like proficiency in a foreign language is something extremely rare, and so the best way to go about doing so is still mostly unclear. But through my own trial and error, combined with many hours of studying and philosophizing about language acquisition theory, I have uncovered a lot. I have discovered many innovations and additions to the original AJATT method that have allowed me to move past many plateaus. I don't claim to have all of the answers, but personally, I believe that I am on to something. My goal is to share that with you and help you follow in my footsteps.

As of this writing, I have been studying Japanese for 6.5 years. Besides those 6 months in 2012, I have been in the United States the entire time. I am by no means at a native level, but I can get confused for a native speaker on the phone, and have a larger Japanese vocabulary than most natives my age. If you really want to know how good I am, I suggest showing a video of me speaking Japanese to a native speaker and asking for their opinion.

What I Do
On my YouTube channel, "Matt VS Japan", I create videos detailing everything from the technical details of how to create your flashcards, to how to deal with losing motivation mid-journey. I cover the nitty-gritty details of how to actually put the original AJATT method into action, as well as how to continue to improve after reaching the outer limits of the AJATT method's original philosophy. Personally, I think my YouTube channel is an invaluable resource for anyone aspiring to reach a native-like level of proficiency in Japanese.

Currently, thanks to all of your support, I am able to create multiple videos each month (you guys are amazingly awesome!). But the more support I get, the more of my life I will be able to dedicate to creating content! For all of those who would like to be part of the enterprise and support me, I have various rewards, including bonus content and a discord server (see the right side of this page).

Come join the army and become part of the movement to reinvent what it means to be a "gaijin"!

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Tiers
Access to Discord Server (Viewing Only)
$1 or more per month 95 patrons
At this tier you will be able to join my personal "Matt VS JAPAN" discord server and view what is posted, but you will not be able to participate in discussion yourself. This tier is great for those who would like to benefit from the resources, Q&A, and regular updates from me that are posted on the server, without the danger of getting caught up chatting away in English.
Includes Discord rewards
Access to Life Updates
$3 or more per month 27 patrons
At least once a month I release a video that covers something related to me personally, such as what I am currently doing to improve my own Japanese, interesting insights I had about language acquisition and life, clips of me speaking with Japanese people, and more.
Includes Discord rewards
Access to Bonus Content
$5 or more per month 138 patrons
At least once a month I release an AJATT-related video, such as interviews with other successful AJATTers, analyses of original AJATT articles, Q&A videos, and more.
Includes Discord rewards
Discord Server VIP (Participation Allowed)
$10 or more per month 88 patrons
You will gain the "VIP" tag in my personal "Matt VS Japan" discord server, which will allow you to participate in discussion and ask me questions directly. This is by far the best way to contact me. 
Includes Discord rewards
Shoutouts in Videos
$15 or more per month 15 patrons
I will personally thank you out loud at the end of each main channel video. Even if you decide to stop supporting me at some point in the future, the support that you did give me will be carved into the history of my (soon to become) legendary channel. 
Includes Discord rewards
Monthly Personal Consultations
$20 or more per month 7 patrons (sold out!)
Skype with me for 30 minutes each month. We can talk about AJATT logistics and how to keep you on track, but if you want we can talk about the awful breakup you are going through as well.
Includes Discord rewards
Monthly Personal Consultations
$100 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
Skype with me for an 60-90 minutes each month! We can talk about AJATT logistics and how to keep you on track, but if you want we can talk about the awful breakup you are going through as well.
Includes Discord rewards