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Here's my story about studying Japanese. For the first time I became fascinated with Japanese when I was about 20, which is about 10 years ago. And then it was almost impossible to find any Japanese learning materials in my hometown, and in order to buy textbooks I had to go to another place. Still I was so enthralled with the mystery of the language so unlike European languages, that I did my best to procure what I could, and immersed happily in the process of self-study. However my relationship with the language wants to romantic, and friendly speaking I didn't know well how to deal with such a delicate and exquisite language, so my studies went very effective really. Basically, I would begin studying, this really doesn't work for a week or so, and then, overwhelmed by the sheer amount of cuteness, simply fall out of reality for several more weeks. After a year or so of such study, I managed to learn only about 400 kanji and some basic grammar. By that time I was utterly frustrated to the point of no longer believing the Japanese was learnable. And so I moved onto the languages and left my passion for Japanese for along time. Still, it turned out later, I passion has not withered at all. Last year A friend of mine asked me whether I could dress like a small part of a Japanese article for her, so I had to look at it, and because I remembered some basic Japanese grammar and also new Chinese, I decided that I could in fact accomplish the task I was asked for. Also I was very interested in Tibetan culture, and I learned that there is plenty of material on many aspects of Tibetan culture and language available in Japanese. That made me want to recover and improve my knowledge so that I would be able to delve deeper into the topic that interested me at the moment. And that's how I set out on my journey of relearning Japanese. A few days after it began I've also remembered my fascination of Japanese literature. In the past I read a whole lot of Japanese novels and became A fan of quite a few authors. Thus I decided to differentiate my learning my including Reading a Japanese novel in original. That's when I began to slowly go through ‘Decadent Sisters’ by Shimada Masahiko. It was a great experience. While I retained the feeling of wonder that was inseparable from my idea marked of Japanese since the beginning, I also managed to create a systematic study approach that included all the regular stuff memorising your words relearning the grammar patterns as well as the attempts to write my own texts, some talking and listening. I had enough willpower to persist for three months. But during this time I was able to learn about 2000 words and acquire the ability to process Japanese texts, including long sentences, albeit slowly. Also it ended my frustration once and for all. Now I knew that it was perfectly possible to learn Japanese for me. And seven months later I once again had free time and inspiration necessary to continue. Cause a lot of things regularly forgotten once I stopped with regular learning, and yet it seems now much easier to recover my level and progress further. A new journey begins… m
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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