As you know, I listen to a Japanese radio station every day: FM Tanabe. It’s quite frustrating, because so far I’ve hardly understood anything. Yes, dates, days of the week and a word here and there. But nothing more. Until last night, when I for the first time understood a whole sentence. Breakthrough!
The presenter repeated the word 春 (はる/haru). Is he talking about spring? I thought. Hm, doesn’t spring begin today in Japan? I had read something about it the same day. And then he said it:
Today it is spring!
He repeated it a few times too, to my delight, and also talked about 冬 (ふゆ/winter), all the while sounding very happy. I was happy too. Actually, I fell asleep with a smile on my face. Just like I’ll always remember the first time I really understood manga, I will always remember when I understood my first complete Japanese sentence in a non-study setting.