Starting the Journey

Well okay.
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?
Japanese.

Why Japanese? 
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.

4 thoughts on “Starting the Journey

  1. Awesome idea and blog! I am 21 and although I’ve been studying Japanese for awhile now, I’m looking online to connect with Japanese language learners from all over and in different levels to get new ideas on how to study and motivate each other (haha yeah sometimes it’s best to find motivation via the internet rather than with your friends at home…). I like how you’ve been documenting your studying so far!!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad some people have been liking it. That in itself is quite a bit of motivation to continue. I would be very happy to talk and share ideas in how to study and learn. I appreciate you reaching out 😀

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