Matt is creating the next generation of foreign language masters
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MIA – Optimizing the Path to Fluency

My name is Matt, and I started learning Japanese around the middle of 2011. I used an immersion-based method called "All Japanese All the Time" (AJATT), as presented by a man named 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 copious amounts of raw anime, J-drama, and J-movies, and read heaps 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.

After achieving fluency, I continued to study Japanese "hardcore" for an additional three years, at which point I found that I would often get confused for a native speaker on the phone and had a larger Japanese vocabulary than most natives my age. I did spend six months in Japan around the middle of 2012, but besides that, I was in the United States the entire time. I wouldn't say that my Japanese is "native level", and I still have plenty of room to improve, but I would be lying if I said I am not proud of what I have achieved. If you are curious how good I really am, I suggest showing a video of me speaking Japanese to a native speaker and asking for their opinion.



What AJATT Should Have Been

The AJATT method does work; it provided me with all the tools I needed to reach an unusually high level of Japanese ability. But AJATT also suffers from a host of problems which limit its potential to reach a large audience. The website is off-putting, chaotic and disorganized, scaring away most people before they have read a single article. Broader principles are redundantly emphasized, while the practical details of how to take action are left unexplained. Pushing for unhealthy extremes is encouraged, rendering the method inflexible and, in some cases, psychologically harmful. Worst of all, Khatzumoto has shown zero intention to revamp the site or update the method.

After benefiting so greatly from the ideas contained within AJATT, I naturally became inspired to spread those ideas to a broader audience. This is what lead me to create the "Mass Immersion Approach" (MIA), a systematic approach to immersion-based language learning which aims to preserve the core ideas of AJATT while remedying the flaws. The name is a play on words, as when one fully immerses themselves in their target language, they temporarily become "missing in action" from the world of their mother tongue. The word "approach" was chosen over "method", as the broader, more flexible connotation better represents what I am hoping to create: something that can be easily customized to allow language learners to reach a wide range of different goals, from basic fluency to native level.

The MIA website will go on to contain a series of self-contained articles that, when consumed chronologically, will systematically equip learners with everything they need to understand and apply the most efficient language acquisition techniques. Topics ranging from language acquisition theory to psychology and motivation, to the nitty-gritty of obtaining media and creating flashcards, will all be explained in clear and straightforward language, empowering learners to take charge of their learning with the confidence that they will be able to reach their goal.

I Need Your Help!

The unfortunate reality is that a majority of people who set out to learn a foreign language don't get very far. I want to change that, but I'm not going to be able to do it alone. I may be the creator and leader of MIA, but ultimately, MIA is a community effort. When it comes to language acquisition, we still don't have all the answers; in order to create the most optimal method possible, experimentation and feedback from community members is of utmost importance. Of course, financial support through Patreon is greatly appreciated (and ultimately is what allows me to continue working on MIA), but simply by using MIA to master a foreign language, you are putting yourself in a position to provide valuable feedback about how to improve the method. Not to mention that, once you succeed, you will serve as living advertisement for the method simply by honestly answering the question, "how did you become so fluent?" 😉

Thanks to your support, I am able to dedicate myself to researching language acquisition and creating MIA content full time. My current priority is writing the core articles for the MIA website, but I also make videos on my "Matt Vs Japan" YouTube channel which address relevant ideas, concepts, tools, and techniques. On Patreon I make biweekly Q&A videos in addition to occasional other bonus content, and run a discord server which functions as a community for people serious about immersion-based language learning. I am also currently working with programmers to create new tools which will take language learning optimization to levels never before possible, and have future plans to create pre-made SRS decks ideal for MIA (including a comprehensive pitch accent deck for Japanese).

Come join the team and become part of the movement to reinvent what it means to "learn a language"!
Tiers
Access to Discord Server (Viewing Only)
$1 or more per month 133 patrons
At this tier you will be able to join the official "Mass Immersion Approach" 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 that are posted in the server, without the danger of getting caught up chatting away in English.
Includes Discord rewards
Access to Bonus Content
$3 or more per month 25 patrons
Around 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 Biweekly Q&A Videos
$5 or more per month 213 patrons
Every other Saturday I film a 30 minute to one hour long Q&A video, answering the top-voted questions posted on the previous Q&A. Ask me anything you want!
Includes Discord rewards
Discord Server VIP (Speaking Allowed)
$10 or more per month 119 patrons
You will gain the "VIP" tag in the official "Mass Immersion Approach" discord server, enabling you to participate in discussion. This is great for those seeking extra help, community support, or like-minded companions to accompany them on their journey to foreign language mastery. 
Includes Discord rewards
Shoutouts in Videos
$15 or more per month 11 patrons
I will personally thank you 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 4 patrons (sold out!)
Skype with me for 30 minutes each month. We can talk about MIA 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 2 patrons (sold out!)
Skype with me for an 60-90 minutes each month! We can talk about MIA 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
$2,525 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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MIA – Optimizing the Path to Fluency

My name is Matt, and I started learning Japanese around the middle of 2011. I used an immersion-based method called "All Japanese All the Time" (AJATT), as presented by a man named 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 copious amounts of raw anime, J-drama, and J-movies, and read heaps 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.

After achieving fluency, I continued to study Japanese "hardcore" for an additional three years, at which point I found that I would often get confused for a native speaker on the phone and had a larger Japanese vocabulary than most natives my age. I did spend six months in Japan around the middle of 2012, but besides that, I was in the United States the entire time. I wouldn't say that my Japanese is "native level", and I still have plenty of room to improve, but I would be lying if I said I am not proud of what I have achieved. If you are curious how good I really am, I suggest showing a video of me speaking Japanese to a native speaker and asking for their opinion.



What AJATT Should Have Been

The AJATT method does work; it provided me with all the tools I needed to reach an unusually high level of Japanese ability. But AJATT also suffers from a host of problems which limit its potential to reach a large audience. The website is off-putting, chaotic and disorganized, scaring away most people before they have read a single article. Broader principles are redundantly emphasized, while the practical details of how to take action are left unexplained. Pushing for unhealthy extremes is encouraged, rendering the method inflexible and, in some cases, psychologically harmful. Worst of all, Khatzumoto has shown zero intention to revamp the site or update the method.

After benefiting so greatly from the ideas contained within AJATT, I naturally became inspired to spread those ideas to a broader audience. This is what lead me to create the "Mass Immersion Approach" (MIA), a systematic approach to immersion-based language learning which aims to preserve the core ideas of AJATT while remedying the flaws. The name is a play on words, as when one fully immerses themselves in their target language, they temporarily become "missing in action" from the world of their mother tongue. The word "approach" was chosen over "method", as the broader, more flexible connotation better represents what I am hoping to create: something that can be easily customized to allow language learners to reach a wide range of different goals, from basic fluency to native level.

The MIA website will go on to contain a series of self-contained articles that, when consumed chronologically, will systematically equip learners with everything they need to understand and apply the most efficient language acquisition techniques. Topics ranging from language acquisition theory to psychology and motivation, to the nitty-gritty of obtaining media and creating flashcards, will all be explained in clear and straightforward language, empowering learners to take charge of their learning with the confidence that they will be able to reach their goal.

I Need Your Help!

The unfortunate reality is that a majority of people who set out to learn a foreign language don't get very far. I want to change that, but I'm not going to be able to do it alone. I may be the creator and leader of MIA, but ultimately, MIA is a community effort. When it comes to language acquisition, we still don't have all the answers; in order to create the most optimal method possible, experimentation and feedback from community members is of utmost importance. Of course, financial support through Patreon is greatly appreciated (and ultimately is what allows me to continue working on MIA), but simply by using MIA to master a foreign language, you are putting yourself in a position to provide valuable feedback about how to improve the method. Not to mention that, once you succeed, you will serve as living advertisement for the method simply by honestly answering the question, "how did you become so fluent?" 😉

Thanks to your support, I am able to dedicate myself to researching language acquisition and creating MIA content full time. My current priority is writing the core articles for the MIA website, but I also make videos on my "Matt Vs Japan" YouTube channel which address relevant ideas, concepts, tools, and techniques. On Patreon I make biweekly Q&A videos in addition to occasional other bonus content, and run a discord server which functions as a community for people serious about immersion-based language learning. I am also currently working with programmers to create new tools which will take language learning optimization to levels never before possible, and have future plans to create pre-made SRS decks ideal for MIA (including a comprehensive pitch accent deck for Japanese).

Come join the team and become part of the movement to reinvent what it means to "learn a language"!

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Tiers
Access to Discord Server (Viewing Only)
$1 or more per month 133 patrons
At this tier you will be able to join the official "Mass Immersion Approach" 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 that are posted in the server, without the danger of getting caught up chatting away in English.
Includes Discord rewards
Access to Bonus Content
$3 or more per month 25 patrons
Around 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 Biweekly Q&A Videos
$5 or more per month 213 patrons
Every other Saturday I film a 30 minute to one hour long Q&A video, answering the top-voted questions posted on the previous Q&A. Ask me anything you want!
Includes Discord rewards
Discord Server VIP (Speaking Allowed)
$10 or more per month 119 patrons
You will gain the "VIP" tag in the official "Mass Immersion Approach" discord server, enabling you to participate in discussion. This is great for those seeking extra help, community support, or like-minded companions to accompany them on their journey to foreign language mastery. 
Includes Discord rewards
Shoutouts in Videos
$15 or more per month 11 patrons
I will personally thank you 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 4 patrons (sold out!)
Skype with me for 30 minutes each month. We can talk about MIA 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 2 patrons (sold out!)
Skype with me for an 60-90 minutes each month! We can talk about MIA 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