Today I start my journey in language learning.
A little bit about me.
I’m a 22 year old male. I currently live in the United States. I have a full-time career in Web Design/Development (so for anyone reading this be prepared for the theme to change often) and I only know English along with a handful programming languages.
I will be posting on this blog daily for as long as it takes me to learn my new language and I will probably be posting beyond then as well with how I am applying it to my life. I doubt this will be useful for others but maybe it’ll help inspire some random person to take this challenge as well.
So which language am I learning?
I’ve always been fascinated with the culture. I have wanted to learn Japanese since I was little and now I have finally committed to taking the time to do it. I have the resources, I have the ability. It is time.
How I plan on doing it?
There are a lot of resources out there to help me do this. I have decided on my primary tool being the Textfugu textbook though. I picked this one over Rosetta Stone and other similar tools like that because I have had bad experiences with them. Immersion techniques don’t really work for me since I spend 14+ hours a day immersed in the English language. 2 hours of listening to Japanese a night isn’t going to cut it. I might circle back around something like Rosetta Stone later but for now I need to make sure I have a strong foundation.
Along with Textfugu I have a bulk of Japanese podcasts and shows to listen to throughout the day when I can. As a web designer there are quite a few hours where I’m just sitting at a desk in a quiet room so I have the luxury of being able to immerse myself a bit.
I also have a few friends who are fluent speakers that are originally from Japan! So that will definitely help if I ever get stuck and once I’m able to start up in conversation I’ll have those people to reach out to.
Why am I writing this blog?
This blog is really just an outlet to keep myself accountable. Ever day when I get home from work I am dedicated to spending that time (even if it’s only an hour a night) to learning Japanese.
After I finish my lesson for the day I will answer a few simple questions about what I learned, what I struggled with, and what I want to work harder on. These will probably vary as time goes on but for now that’s the vision I have in my head.
What’s keeping me from quitting?
Hell, I just spent money on this site so I better utilize it.
Aside from that, I am very unhappy. I need a change in my life. I feel stuck. I sit at a desk all day being bored. I want to see more of the world. My line work is lucrative and so I have access to the resources I need and I am able to travel.
I also want to develop myself into the man I want to be. I want to become the best version of me possible. In my mind, that best version of me knows multiple languages.
Who knows about this blog?
Not a single person! If you’ve found this, kudos to you! I’m not telling anyone about this. The reason for that is because before when I’ve tried to learn a language and I’ve told people about it for some reason it really makes me unmotivated. The Textfugu site actually touches on this feeling and I totally agree.
If you are someone I know and you end up finding this blog (looking at you other web/programmer people). Please don’t mention it to me. Don’t let me know that you know. At least not right away.
Alright. With that I don’t really have much more to say. If other things pop to mind I’ll edit this post or add another one. I guess if anyone ends up reading this you can feel free to comment and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer them and constructive criticism/recommendations are always welcome.