Table of Contents
- Introduction to HayaiLearn
- Getting Started with the Basics
- Learning Flow in HayaiLearn
- Harnessing YouTube for Language Learning
- Studying Words
- Core features
- 1. Browse and Select Videos
- 2. Interactive Video Watching
- 3. Import Video
- 4. Words
- 5. Quiz
- 6. Albums
- 7. Bookmarking
- User Experience and Settings
- Feedback and Suggestions
- Additional Resources
Introduction to HayaiLearn
Welcome to HayaiLearn, your new way to learn Japanese quickly and enjoyably. Our platform is special because it uses a method that many of us love: watching videos.
This is also a form of what's known as "Language Immersion". For an introduction of how to immerse in Japanese videos, read this post.
What is HayaiLearn?
HayaiLearn is more than just a language learning app. It's a place where you can learn Japanese by watching YouTube videos. Our main goal is to help you learn Japanese words and grammar faster and in a fun way.
We use YouTube videos as the main way to teach you Japanese. This means you get to see and hear Japanese as it's really used, helping you understand and remember it better.
Why YouTube Videos?
YouTube has a lot of different videos. On HayaiLearn, we use these videos to teach you Japanese. You'll hear Japanese as it's spoken in real life and see written Japanese too. This is important because it's the kind of Japanese people actually use, which you might not always find in books.
Easy to Use and Fun
No matter if you're starting from zero or already know some Japanese, HayaiLearn is made for you. We have videos for all kinds of topics and levels. This makes learning Japanese not just educational, but also fun and interesting.
In short, HayaiLearn is a new and fun way to learn Japanese. We mix the fun of YouTube videos with special learning tools to give you a complete and enjoyable way to learn the language. Keep reading to see more about how HayaiLearn can help you learn Japanese quickly and easily.
Getting Started with the Basics
Before diving into the advanced features of HayaiLearn, it's crucial to build a strong foundation in the basics of the Japanese language. This includes learning Hiragana, Katakana, and basic Kanji.
Why Start with Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji?
- Hiragana and Katakana are the alphabets of the Japanese language. Knowing them is like knowing your ABCs in English. They are the building blocks for reading and writing in Japanese.
- Kanji are characters borrowed from Chinese, used in Japanese writing. They can seem challenging, but knowing the basics will open up a huge part of the language for you.
Recommended Starter Videos For Complete Beginners
To learn the foundations and alphabets of Japanese, we recommend the following videos:
- This video is a quick and easy way to learn all the Hiragana characters.
- Similar to the Hiragana video, this one will help you master all the Katakana characters quickly.
- Kanji: Learn Kanji in 45 minutes
- A fast-paced introduction to Kanji, perfect for getting a basic understanding.
- Basic verb conjugations: Game Gengo's Complete Japanese Verb Conjugation Video
- This video uses video game example dialogues to help you understand how to change verbs to fit different sentences, a key skill in forming Japanese sentences.
Taking the First Step
By watching these videos, you'll lay a solid groundwork for your Japanese learning journey. Once you're familiar with these basics, you'll be ready to explore everything else HayaiLearn has to offer.
Remember, learning a new language is a journey. Starting with these basics will make the rest of your journey smoother and more enjoyable.
Learning Flow in HayaiLearn
- Choose a video you enjoy watching that's right for your level
- Watch the video (immersion)
- a) Active - you pause the video to lookup any words you don't understand
- b) Passive - you don't pause the video at all or lookup any words. You continuously watch the video even if you don't understand everything
- Quiz yourself on the words that are marked as "learning"
- Keep track of progress on User Dashboard
Harnessing YouTube for Language Learning
HayaiLearn uniquely integrates YouTube videos into its language learning process. Understanding how we use these videos will help you make the most of your learning experience.
Advantages of YouTube Videos
- Rich Source of Content: YouTube offers a wide range of videos on almost every topic imaginable. This variety allows you to learn Japanese in many different contexts, from everyday conversations to specific interests or hobbies.
- Real-Life Language Use: By watching actual videos made for native speakers, you get to hear and see how Japanese is used in real life, not just how it's taught in textbooks.
Using Closed Captions for Learning
We use the subtitles (closed captions) from YouTube videos for learning. These captions show you how spoken words are written, helping you connect spoken Japanese with its written form.
On Youtube, captions are accessible by clicking on the "CC" icon in the controls. Note: If a video doesn't have any closed captions to begin with, then we can't use that video to study.
Types of Captions:
- Auto-Generated Captions - labeled as "Japanese (auto-generated)", these are created automatically by YouTube, and can sometimes be inaccurate. We tend to avoid using videos with only auto-generated captions for learning.
- Manual Captions - labeled as "Japanese", these are subtitles added by the video creators. They are usually more accurate and are the preferred type for our learning materials.
How Captions Enhance Learning
- Reading Along with Speaking: As you watch a video, reading the subtitles helps reinforce your understanding of what's being said.
- Interactive Learning: By engaging with both the audio and visual elements of the language, you're more likely to remember and understand the content.
Choosing the Right Videos
- Manual Captions for Accuracy: We recommend choosing videos with manual captions for the best learning experience.
- Diverse Content for Engagement: Explore different types of videos to find topics that interest you. This keeps learning exciting and relevant to your interests.
Using YouTube videos for language learning offers a dynamic and practical way to improve your Japanese. It exposes you to the language as it is naturally used, enhancing both your listening and reading skills.
At HayaiLearn, we help you learn vocabulary and grammar. We make it less daunting by help you focus on smaller decks to study from, focusing on the most frequent words.
Vocabulary and Grammar Decks
Vocabulary Deck (Core 8k):
- Source: The vocabulary deck is based on a carefully selected anki deck, which includes about 7,000 entries.
- Curation: These words and expressions are chosen for their relevance and frequency in everyday Japanese usage
- Source: Our grammar deck is derived from a comprehensive list available on jlptsensei.com.
- Selection: We include around 600 grammar entries, focusing on those with a minimum of two characters and not covered in the vocabulary deck.
JLPT Level Categorization
- What is JLPT?: The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an internationally recognized standard for assessing Japanese language proficiency.
- Tailored Learning: Both decks are categorized according to JLPT levels, allowing you to focus on materials relevant to your current proficiency and learning goals.
HayaiLearn is equipped with a variety of features to enhance your Japanese learning experience. Each feature is designed to cater to different aspects of language learning, making the process both efficient and engaging.
1. Browse and Select Videos
On HayaiLearn, we figure out how challenging a video is by looking at a few things: the frequency ranking of vocabulary and grammar it uses, and how complicated the sentences are. We check if the words are common in everyday Japanese, which helps us understand if the video will be easy or hard for learners.
You can filter by genre, and sort by Views or Average JLPT level.
When you find a video you like, you have two choices: Analyze it or Watch it.
2. Interactive Video Watching
When you watch a video on HayaiLearn, you'll see Japanese subtitles along with their English translations. If you want to hide these subtitles, just click on the eye icon.
Interacting with Subtitles
- On a computer, move your mouse over a word to see more about it. On a phone, just tap on the word.
- To hide the details, move your mouse away from the word on a computer, or tap the word again on a phone.
There are two main sections for seeing explanations:
- Each word in the japanese subtitle are treated as a vocabulary as long as a matching dictionary entry exists. In the explanation card, it will relevant information about the word. You can mark a word as learning, known or forget a word by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the card.
- If the sentence matches any grammar patterns, this is shown in a separate section on the right (desktop), or below (mobile) Currently, we use a basic algorithm to match a pattern to a sentence. Therefore, there may be false positives and it may show grammars that don't really apply to the sentence. Just like the vocabulary, you can mark a word as known or forget a word by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the card.
Anatomy of an Explanation Card
- Root word Link
- The explanation card shows the stem form of the word in blue, which is a link that you can click to go to the dictionary page for that word, and to see further definitions and example sentences.
- Concise Definition
- We show three definitions for the word at most. To see more definitions, click on the root word link.
- Conjugation Breakdown
- For verbs and adjectives, we show how the conjugation was formed. Each of these conjugation items can be clicked, which will take you to an explanation from the Tae Kim's Japanese Guide.
Word Learning States
A word (vocabulary or grammar), can be in three learning states, and the Japanese subtitle is styled differently depending on the state:
- Unknown - (Orange underline) These are new words you haven't learned yet.
- Learning - (Green underline) These are words you have marked them as 'learning' on the explanation card. Words in "learning" state can be studied in the quiz system
- Known - (No underline) These are words you have marked them as 'known' on the explanation card. This means you know the meaning of the word and want to count this word towards the known words progress. Known words will not be included in the quiz.
Here is an image of an unknown word's explanation card.
Here is an image of an learning word's explanation card.
Here is an image of an known word's explanation card.
There are two ways to watch a video:
- Continuous Mode: Click "Watch" on the video page to play the video from the beginning. It keeps playing until you pause it.
- Sentence Example Mode: Click the play button in a sentence example. This opens a video at the exact part where the sentence is used. It stops at the end of the sentence. To keep it playing, click the "unlock" icon.
Here, it will have a popup containing the video to watch, and when you hit play/replay, it will directly go to the part of the video where the example sentence was used. Once the video plays, it will also automatically stop after it reaches the end of the sentence. To make it continuously play, click on the "unlock" icon.
3. Import Video
This feature lets you use any YouTube video with Japanese subtitles for studying.
In addition, it gives a birds eye view of the vocabulary and grammar statistics for a video.
Analyze Video Snippet
The main use of this feature is to add the video you choose to our collection. This means you can then study it using our "Watch Video" features, which has interactive subtitles and explanation breakdowns.
To add a video, just put in the YouTube video's URL and click "Analyze". It usually takes about 1-2 minutes to finish.
If you want to study these videos later, don't forget to save them to an album.
Tips on Finding Videos
Sometimes, you may want to look for a new video from Youtube directly to be analyzed in our platform. In order for that to work, the video needs to have japanese audio and captions.
Here are a few suggestions on how to search those kind of videos on Youtube:
- Type a japanese expression when searching
- Under filters, choose "Subtitles"
This page lists the relevant Japanese words that we want you to learn, organized by decks
Deck: Core 8k
This lists the vocabulary words from the Core 8k Japanese deck.
This lists the grammar words from jlptsensei.
When you click on a word, it sends you to that word's dictionary page
In the dictionary page, you'll see the different definitions and you'll also see how it's used in up to 5 example sentences. These sentences show you the word in action.
If you want more examples, click the "load more" button. If there aren't many examples, it means we need more videos with that word. You can choose the type of YouTube videos you want these example sentences to come from.
If you want to lookup a particular word or expression, type them in japanese in the search box on the "Search" page.
We help you learn and remember words that are marked as "learning" by generating quiz items for them. Our quiz uses a Space Repetition System (SRS) that is based on FSRS.
When the answer for a question is revealed, you are given two buttons to choose from based on whether you got the answer right:
- Hard - choose this option when you didn't get the answer correctly, to let the quiz know to show this item again sooner
- Easy - choose this option when you got the answer correctly, to let the quiz know to delay showing this item in the future
To access your favorite videos faster, you can use albums to organize them. This helps you group related videos easier.
When watching a video and the explanation is "revealed" by clicking on the eye icon, you'll notice a "star" icon right beside the japanese sentence. Clicking on this will save that sentence so that you can reference them back again later.
To view all the saved sentences, click on your avatar icon on the top right, and click on "Saved". In this page, you'll see all your saved sentences. Clicking on them will lead you straight to the video segment where the sentence is used.
This feature is helpful for saving sentences that you don't fully understand and want to ask someone at a later time for help with the explanation.
User Experience and Settings
Navigating HayaiLearn is designed to be smooth and user-friendly, ensuring you have a pleasant and effective learning experience. Here's how you can manage your profile, and keep track of your progress.
The settings panel can be accessed by clicking on the circular icon on the top right.
Your profile page is where you can see your learning stats. It shows the number of words you've learned and lets you review them easily.
You can also click on the words to study them again.
You can see all the saved items that you've bookmarked on this page. Any notes you've entered will be shown as well.
To manage this page better, it is advisable to delete any bookmark once you are finished with them. You can do so by clicking on the red x mark.
Here is where you manage your payment method and subscription. This page shows your the plan you're on and also allows you the update your payment method or cancel your subscription.
Feedback and Suggestions
This platform is built to provide you with the tools necessary to effectively utilize Youtube video resources. It's designed to improve your listening and comprehension skills. However, all the learning materials are programmatically generated. For example, flash card definitions are from Jmdict, translations are from DeepL, and example sentences from flash cards are not manually curated.
Because of that, a deep understanding of words and phrases can be a bit limiting if you rely on hayailearn alone. We therefore still recommend hiring tutors to help you with understanding materials to fast track your learning. Italki is a great website for finding japanese tutors.
As you embark on your journey with HayaiLearn, remember that every learner’s path is unique. Our platform is designed with a variety of features to cater to different learning styles and goals. Whether you prefer diving into videos, mastering vocabulary through interactive study cards, or combining various methods, HayaiLearn is equipped to support your learning journey.
Exploring different features and experimenting with both active and passive learning approaches can help you discover what works best for you. Maybe you'll find a particular type of video that captures your interest, or a study method that makes learning feel more like a fun activity than a task.
Remember, the key to language learning is consistency and engagement. With HayaiLearn, you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips, making it easier to stay motivated and connected to your learning goals. The more you explore, the more you’ll learn about both the Japanese language and your own learning preferences.
We encourage you to take advantage of all that HayaiLearn has to offer. Try out different features, set regular learning goals, and don't hesitate to revisit areas you find challenging. With each step, you're not just learning a language; you're also discovering a culture, a way of thinking, and a new means of expression.
Welcome to HayaiLearn, and happy learning! Your journey to mastering Japanese is just beginning, and we are excited to be a part of it.