I read threads in tadoku.org almost everyday and lately I've been feeling mad and irritated to read some of the comments, but I don't feel like commenting my opinions there, because the discussions, well, I'm reluctant to call them discussions but I don't know how they should be put into so..., done there is just insane in my opinion, so I decided to whine here anyway. ha ha
I don't know why there still exist some members who doubt the golden three or more rules of Tadoku. That is; don't use dictionaries if you're in beginning level, start from very easy materials such as picture books even you claim to be an advanced learner, and enjoy only those materials which you find quite intriguing, and so on.
Why, why is it there are still some people who believe that memorizing English words and phrases in Japanese is not bad at all.
It's just absurd.
Why they're so stubborn and cling to Japanese?
Why can't they stay away dictionaries and just emerge themselves in the huge affluent beautiful world of English language?
The thing I came to realize while reading some threads in tadoku is this,
Those, who believe English can be learned by using Japanese translation, seem to take languages as mere collections of codes,
and those, who are strongly against using Japanese to learn English, see languages as the wholeness of not only codes and data but also feelings and emotions.
The former are usually good at thinking rationally and tend to be skilled decoding. They might think the decoding and the understanding is the same thing. If you're only interested in reading newspapers or books about your specialities, then it doesn't matter a lot if you're only skilled in decoding. They are non-fiction, right?
For example, many of the English specialists such as translators and interpreters are required to decode but they have no need to feel, because the materials they have to struggle with are mostly non-fiction. Furthermore, their works are not impromptu like our daily conversations. If you have to translate English to Japanese in mind, then it definitely takes much longer to understand than understanding English as English. But the professionals are required to be accurate rather than fluent, so they are allowed to have some time to prepare for the jobs. In this case, it's quite natural for them to encourage learners to use Japanese if they are intending to be ones.
On the other hand, the latter can't take languages as codes but full of feelings, so they're not satisfied with naively translated Japanese. They sometimes can't translate quite easy English and you might think that they don't understand the English. But it's too early to conclude that way. In many cases, because they understand and feel the English quite deeply, they're more careful to attach certain Japanese to that English. They are trying to feel English as much as possible and they know Japanese only works to hinder to reach that goal.
... it's still half way through, but I've got to go back my real life now. mmm