This is an uninspired post, but I think I should mention that last Friday (February 18, 2011) marked my half year anniversary of my Japanese studies.
I hardly studied at all last week – so much else to do at the moment – but I do keep meeting my sensei once a week.
So, how good am I? Well, I can speak Japanese – yes! I can hold a simple, very simple, conversation. Understanding is harder. I still only pick up words here and there when listening to Japanese radio, and reading (though I haven’t done much reading outside the text books) is very hard too, not to say impossible. Recognising a few words isn’t reading.
Still, I’m confident I’m very well on my way to mastering Japanese. I think I did the right thing when I started out hardcore – conquering one chapter a day. I invested my passion in my language learning, and I think that’s the only way to do it, at least in the beginning. It’s the way to get over the first threshold, that biggest one of them.
Actually, learning a language is not that different from writing a novel. You got to start out fiercly, devoting all your energy to it. But what’s even more important is to stick to it, every single day. Even when you’re totally uninspired. If you do, you will be amazed at how your language knowledge grows almost magically – just like a novel should if you write a bit every day. That said, learning a language is easier, because you don’t feel that you destroy your work when you have a bad day. Even bad learning is good learning, so to speak, whereas bad writing remains bad writing.
Yeah, I’m babbling. Like I said, I’m uninspired. But still, half a year – yoooooooohooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀
Here are all my study reports up to now: