Today I’m going to be chatting about a new VLOG (video journal) series that I shall be starting up on my BookTube channel, where I will film my adventures with learning how to speak my 6th language, Japanese! Languages are so beautiful to me, especially Asian languages, and I can’t seem to get enough of them. While in terms of Asian languages, I’m only fluent in Hindi and Urdu, I’m going to make 2018 the year where I begin to make some changes in order to learn many more!
Many years ago I studied Japanese and became somewhat fluent in my ability to speak, read, and write it. However, I lost touch with the language (mostly because my Japanese friends moved away), and it’s something that has always bothered me to no avail. As an avid aficionado of Japanese history, culture, and literature, I have always wanted to be able to read and understand the country from original and untranslated sources. Also, in the event that I ever received an opportunity to visit or reside in there, I think it would be pretty damn useful to be able to communicate with the people there.
In 2018, one of my BIGGEST goals is to begin the journey towards obtaining my JLPT (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test) certification. Hopefully I can get my first (Level N5) certification before 2018 ends. My main reason for wanting the certification is for career-oriented opportunities. A life aspiration that I have had for many years now is to become a translator, so that I can translate materials and media such as books, video games, or films from their native Japanese language into English. After reading so many terrible subtitles in films that have been wholly inaccurate, or dealing with improper translations in books, I want to try my hand at learning how to do it correctly. Yet, I’ve been too afraid to start working towards this goal because I always inevitably believe it just won’t happen. Well, I’m tired of telling myself “no” before giving it a proper shot. I’ll never really know what I’m capable of accomplishing if I don’t get off of my ass and do it, right?
I have three reasons for wanting to share this intimidating and more-than-likely-challenging-as-fuck adventure with you all.
- Motivation: By starting a VLOG series it essentially means that I have to keep working at it no matter how frustrated I get. People are going to want to see me advance and succeed (or fail epically if you’re a troll). Progress will be vital and the only way to make said progress is to stick with it.
- Inspiration for Others. I can’t count how many times people have told me that they really want to learn a second language, but are extremely intimidated by the process, or not sure they can learn one alone. As someone’s who’s spent a lot of time learning languages, most of them on my own, I can guarantee that there is nothing to be intimated by. Yes, learning a different language can be very challenging, particularly if you they consist of a grammatical structure that you’re not familiar with, or if you’ve only got yourself to teach you. Nonetheless, it’s still very much an achievable goal. I promise!
- Video Catalogue. If I manage to successfully learn Japanese (and dammit, I will), having a video journal outlining the process of it all would be immensely neat to have. To be able to have a tangible piece of this chapter of my life would be fantastic, especially if I ever have kids and they whine about how learning things are difficult. “Well, kiddo, when I was a few years younger, I learned a whole new language. If an oldy like me can do that, then you can sure as hell kick ass at it.”
Now, I’m still ironing out all of the details for the VLOG series in regards to how often I’ll be uploading these videos and how to arrange them. If you’re not a watcher of the YouTubes, then don’t worry. I will also be sharing this experience here on the BiblioNyan Blog. They will either be limited to once a month, or bi-weekly, depending on how I partake in the lessons and learning processes.
BUT I NEED YOUR HELP!!
I was wondering if you guys can let me know in the comments section which appeals to you the most: monthly or bi-weekly. This will help me out a lot in terms of creating a working schedule and accumulating the materials that I’ll be needing.
With that, I shall bring this post to a close. If you’d like more information about this series, then you can check out my announcement video down below where I go into a bit more detail on everything. Please wish me luck! I know I’m going to need it. I am nervous, but I am also very, very excited.
Anyway, wishing you all a lovely holiday and winter season. 🎄