So… it’s been a while since my last post.. in fact a long while.
I got a new job and moved to a new city. All very exciting but didn’t leave much time to study, my Japanese fell by the wayside for a little while and I didn’t manage my JPLT goal. So in September last year I decided to join a part-time Japanese class, partly because I wanted to start learning properly again, partly because meeting people in a new city is hard!
I have actually always been the sort of person who needs some structure (I do way better in gym classes than left to my own devices!) so going to a class has been exactly what I needed.
The class has given me a better understanding of the basics such as sentence structures. I have had instances where I have recognised vocab from my previous study, but now it makes more sense. As an example, I learned a few verbs in my self-study, but now I can put these in sentences and conjugate them correctly (side note – great conjugating tool here).
Another great thing about studying with other people is that you can share great resources and correct each other as you are going along.
We use the Japanese for Busy People book that I have mentioned previously. One of the oft-cited criticisms of this book is that it is very business focused, prioritising language around business trips and sending emails, over things that might be more useful in everyday conversations. It also weirdly doesn’t use any kanji at all, which is a little frustrating.
I know I still have a long way to go, but last week I did sit in my exam and write a page and a half about my day in hiragana, with a couple of kanji thrown in. It was a complete pack of lies, I have never been to the sports centre and played tennis with my boyfriend, but I am fairly confident it vaguely made sense. I think that in itself is something to be pretty proud of!