Finally getting serious

Well, I’m going to do it. I’m going to learn Japanese once and for all! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s one of those bucket list things that have never changed. I went to Japanese camp back in high school, but not until life slowed down a bit did I actually start learning on my own.

So probably starting three years ago, I learned my hiragana. I was so excited, because Japanese was so easy! One sound and one sound only for all 46 characters! I could read and write anything! Then I learn Katakana, another 46 characters, and thought nothing could stop me. I’m going to be fluent soon!

わたし は ティアモ です.

I knew about Kanji, but for some reason I thought I could get away with just knowing the kana alphabets – which just takes a few days really to learn, a few weeks to master. I was plugging away on my learning sites and books and then it hit me. I’m going to have to learn Kanji. I looked at some characters… and my enthusiasm drained away…

20170309_123107Come spring 2017 and I’m watching some anime with my daughter and I see so many tantalizing Japanese characters! I slowly try to sound them out, and I realize I wasn’t sure about half of them! And of course had no clue what any of the Kanji characters meant. Over the past few years I had forgotten them of course.

This made me very sad, remembering all my enthusiasm and the months I had spent practicing writing my characters and learning basic vocab and grammar.

Of course you know that by me starting this blog I was moved to action. This blog is a tool for myself to document my studies, share the resources that help me, and keep me motivated! My very next post will be the main inspiration that I think I can do it this time.

I hope this blog will be inspirational to other Japanese learners on our journeys!