Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
Azure Jane Lunatic

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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

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