I have been on Wanikani for a few months now. I am taking the lessons very slowly so that I don’t get overwhelmed. It’s funny – every time I learn a new kanji or a new pronunciation, I think “how am I going to remember that?” And then, a month later, I look at it and it pops to mind, completely unbidden, the moment I look at the word. So I think the harder you work at Japanese, the more you’ll seem to advance, and the quicker you forget. It seems… Read More »Working Hard at Japanese Doesn’t Work.
Learning any language, particularly Japanese, for most people is a major commitment. There are some people who seem to be able to pick up languages very quickly, and don’t hesitate to make sure you know that, but their tricks don’t work for everyone, and I’m pretty sure their knowledge is broad but shallow. But I think sometimes someone goes into a language thinking “I’m going to learn this language”, and then give themselves a goal. “I’m going to study for six months”, or “I’m going to study for a year”… … Read More »Commitment
Posts like these are hard to write, because I never quite now how they’re quite going to turn out, and I never quite know how much of my soul I’m going to bare in the process. About three months or so ago, I had a medical crisis that caused me to pretty much drop off the grid for two months. Thankfully, I have good insurance and am in decent financial shape after having to take two months off of work, but many things in my life had to take a… Read More »Three Months Later…
Today was the first day of Japanese class at Austin Community College. For many reasons, I will avoid any mention of the other people in the class, other than to say there were other people in the class of varying ages, backgrounds and knowledge of Japanese. As expected. As for me, it is clear that there are gaping holes in my knowledge. In my “introduction” (which I absolutely, positively, did not want to do) I said that I “know enough to be dangerous” – and I feel that more strongly… Read More »Japanese Class: 1st day.
I’m sure there are many different motivations. Some people study Japanese because they love anime and manga. That is not why I study Japanese. Some people study Japanese because they want to go to Japan. That is not why I study Japanese. Some people study Japanese because they love the culture. That is not why I study Japanese. Some people study Japanese because they want to find a Japanese partner. This is not why I study Japanese. Some people study Japanese because it’s difficult. This is not why I study… Read More »Why Does One Study Japanese?