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Time to Hit the Books Again! (Kimi’s Journey)

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

I’m excited to share with all of you that tomorrow I’m starting my “Japanese journey” all over again from the beginning, but in a Japanese language school and not just self-study. I’m nervous, anxious and excited all at the same time.

It’s been so very long since I’ve been to a Japanese language school. It’s been almost 10 years and felt it was finally time to keep pursuing my dream of becoming fluent in Japanese.

For as long as I have been studying Japanese on and off since I was 12, (I am now almost 29);  I know myself well enough that self-study can only take me so far but combined with a structured course of some kind; be it in a textbook or in a language school, Japanese becomes easier and easier over time. This is especially true when you have a good grasp of the basics, because you keep building your language skills on a strong foundation.

I know I have a good grasp of the basics but unfortunately; some skills are weaker than others. I would like to round out all my skills so that they are all just as strong. This is why I decided to start over from the beginning to review the basics while relearning new and better habits to polish up on my Japanese and then to surpass my current abilities. I’m more passionate to become fluent now more than ever and feel that this time around, I can really make some good progress towards my goal.

What I hope to accomplish with going back to Japanese school, is to come up with new tips and strategies to share with all of you. After all, anyone can learn Japanese if they really have the desire to do it.

The school I choose to study at is very different than any other Japanese language school I have enrolled in the past. How you many ask? They teach you Japanese directly in Japanese. It sounded pretty interesting to me as most courses teach Japanese in the English language, for example.

The one rule for the school is, to only speak in Japanese. No other languages are allowed to be spoken during class. It’s full immersion. I thought that this kind of learning environment will help improve my speaking and listening skills. It will also assist with “thinking” in Japanese.

I wanted to try a different approach to learning Japanese so I can keep it fun and interesting for me. I also feel that I will thrive in a classroom environment while interacting with the teacher (who is a native Japanese national) and with all the students.

I hope you would like to join me on my journey while I share with you the new things I will learn and how my progress is doing.

After all, my journey is also your journey as all learners start from the very beginning. Nothing is hopeless and Japanese will get easier if you stick to it.

So, let’s learn Japanese together, while also bridging cultural understanding between your country and Japan!

See you next week!

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