It’s Never “Too Late” to Learn Another Language

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I’m bilingual. It’s something that I am very proud of because I love the Japanese language and I have spent the last 15 years studying by myself. My motivation to start studying Japanese is and was a strong Continue reading “It’s Never “Too Late” to Learn Another Language”

200 新しい言葉! 一週目

I’m coming to the end of my first week of learning 200 new words in one month. So far, it’s coming along pretty great! I’m finding that I don’t actually need to study for very long to learn 50 words in week, which is good news for me. At the beginning of the week, I was just trying to get the words in my head, but I found that by now I am questioning the proper use of words and even searching for images on google to help me to visualize the difference between some and others. I am also starting to naturally relate some words to their kanji and that helps me to remember their meaning. With results like this, I feel very motivated and excited about learning these new words this month. I am also hoping to slowly integrate some grammar into my studies this month, but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. Fingers crossed!


The JLPT 日本語能力試験


So, this will officially be my first post about a new beast that I have decided to take down. For over a month now, I have been searching the internet, gathering information to create a plan for this exam. I need to pass the level 1 exam to enter the university that I am currently set on getting into. More importantly, I need to increase my Japanese to N1 level because it’s time that I do. I use Japanese in my daily life, from my thoughts, to my conversations with friends. I am tired of the way my Japanese sounds right now and I am determined to improve it.

At the current moment, I’m a bit stuck. I’m in a strange place, between being overloaded with information and deprived from good sources. I guess my issue is that I am looking for a specific plan. Study this, this, and that. Use this, this, and that. Oh, and here’s a schedule. Unfortunately, I have not quite come across that yet and I don’t plan on cramming for the exam 3 months from the time to take it.

I don’t really know what to do. I’ve come up with some concepts, purchased and downloaded plenty of textbooks and drill books. I don’t know if I should take it one book at a time, focus on one more than the other, but more than one at a time… I don’t know. And people keep mentioning that I need to begin reading more. Reading in Japanese is so hard for me because it takes so long… which is exactly why I need to do it. I know many people seem to suggest that I try reading things that interest me. Perhaps I just need to actually start and then once the ball is rolling, I can really dig into this preparation.