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Free Talk Entry 1

Posted June 17th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

Today, I decided to just let my words flow and talk about how I have been progressing with my Japanese since I started again over.

It’s been pretty hard to be consistent with my studies when work has been busier than usual. This has been eating up a lot of my free time during the day, so I have been studying in little bits throughout the day. My study sessions would be short and intense.

I have been finding that if I have two days in a row where I do not study, I can forget the way a kanji is hand-written. I can still remember how to read it, but I seem to forget how to write it by hand. This is because it has not been committed to my long term memory yet.

I have been watching some videos in Japanese with no subtitles in order for me to listen to Japanese at a native speed.

I am a little behind on schedule in where I want to be with my studies. But I know I can get back on track  if  I make the time for my studies and be consistent. It has always worked for me in the past.

I plan on finishing my textbook by the end of September, so I can start reviewing for the JLPT exam in December. I know it sounds silly to have that in my mind already but it doesn’t hurt to have a plan in place.

I have not spoken Japanese in almost three weeks. I find it hard to speak with my friends on Skype because of the time difference and my friends in the city are usually too busy to meet up.  Tomorrow I am going to a BBQ for a Japanese friend’s birthday, so that will be a great opportunity for me to brush up on my speaking skills.

I hope to have some more exciting material and techniques to share with you all in the up-coming weeks.

That is pretty much about it, I am afraid. Working full time and trying to make time to study has proved to be very challenging.

We all need to keep going with our studies and to never give up,  even when things in life do not seem to go the way he had planned.

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See you all next Friday! Have a great weekend!

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