Good evening, everyone. Tonight, I shall be chatting briefly about a new segment on BiblioNyan called Nihongo Journals, or Japanese Journals. I created a pilot post for this series much earlier in the year with the goal of sharing my Japanese learning journey with you all, however, life became very hectic and chaotic, to the point there I had to put my language learning on hold. While things are still a bit on the rocky side, I wanted to resume my aspiration of mastering the Japanese language. Instead of bringing it back to life, I wanted to start utterly fresh. I feel it will be extremely beneficial not only for my intellectual, emotional, and mental state of mind, but also for my professional one. Some of you may know that one of my biggest aspirations is to become fully JLPT certified so that I can work as a translator of Japanese literature. Who knows, maybe one day I can work with video games companies translating titles for Western audiences! If that doesn’t work out, then at least I will be able to read Japanese books in their original language and communicate efficiently if I ever find myself visiting (or living) in the country. As such, I no longer wish to put my efforts on hold, no matter what obstacles arise in the process.
The Japanese Journals segments are going to be quite honest in all of the difficulties that comes with learning a foreign language. Some of the aspects may not be nearly as challenging as others, such as learning the basic hiragana alphabet of Japanese, which is one of the three writing systems you need to learn to be able to read and write the language fluently. Others are far more tough, such as mastering kanji, or the Chinese characters, that are essential in obtaining complete fluency. I will confess right off the bat that Kanji is my trouble area. I also tend to struggle a bit with the complexities Japanese grammar that come into play during the Intermediate part of learning.
Additionally, I’d like to mention that I am a student of Japanese. Currently, I am self-teaching myself until I have the financial capability to take physical courses or individual tutoring to help refine my abilities. Everything that I share with you will be from a hands-on experience as a very dedicated and diligent learner. So, please don’t take my personal experiences as the end-all and be-all of learning a language. The key to learning a language is persistence, patience, and dedication. I say this as an individual who can speak five languages currently, and I’m hoping that Japanese will become my sixth. Each one of the languages that I have learned required a lot of work and serious intent on my part. If you’re looking for a fast and quick method for being able to read, speak, and write Japanese, then you’ll need to look elsewhere. Sorry, Yo.
What can you expect from Japanese Journals aside from honesty? I will be talking about most, if not each, of the tools that I shall be engaging with to be able to accomplish my goals. These will come in the following concentrations:
- In-depth discussions on books and other materials used.
- Candid chats about what I’m struggling with and the steps I’m taking to overcome those struggles.
- Any online resources that I will be using, whether they are free or require payment. If they require money investment, I will discuss whether I feel they are worth that investment.
- In-practicum experiences, which means if I get a chance to use the skills I’m acquiring in a real-world setting.
- Intimate journal-like entries where I just need to rant or rave about what’s going on with the learning process; some of these may be negative and others may be positive. The goal here is to keep my feelings flowing through me so they don’t get bottled up and hinder my learning process. This is something that is very natural and vital when it comes to learning a language; it’s SO beneficial for mentally refreshing yourself to avoid burn-out.
If there is something that you’d like to see specifically that I may not have listed, please feel free to let me know in the comments! If you have any suggestions that you feel may be beneficial for me on this Japanese learning adventure, please share those too! I’m very open to the advice and suggestions that you may have to offer.
Lastly, if I ever go to an event that is uniquely Japanese (local Japan town, festivals, trips to the country, ceremonies that my Japanese friends partake in, conferences, etc.), I will share them under the Japanese Journals umbrella.
With that, I shall bring this introduction post to a close! My very first entry shall be up by Friday or Saturday. I’m currently in the process of testing out an online resource that I received an excellent deal for, and I’m looking forward to talking to you about how that has been going thus far.
I thank you for taking the time to check out this introduction and hope that you will accompany me on this rather fascinating yet frightening path.