Monday, April 6, 2009
I have been putting it off for way too long. I really need to speak much better Japanese. It can only be good for me. I am tired of not being able to communicate with most people. I am sick of the stress that comes with living in a nation in which most people cannot communicate with me effectively. I have even experienced a bit of depression from not being able to talk with most people normally. I want to be understood when I have something to say. The only way this is going to happen is for me to learn to speak the native language of the nation I call home.
Desire and action are too very different animals. I have desired to learn decent Japanese for a while now; yet my action has not matched my desire. Actually, I can speak a little. I cannot hold a decent conversation but in a hard pressed situation I can squeeze out a few phrases. Now, I am trying to match my action to my desire. This evening I signed up at edufire.com. I have heard so many things about this website and I am going to give it a go. I got an account but I have to wait until payday to buy a webcam because I am a cheap bastard. I also plan on finding me a good book shop and pick a decent beginner Japanese textbook to help me out. When I first arrived in Japan I took a survival course in Japan from some little Japanese language school. I will review all of that stuff as well. At this point I am just trying to learn how to speak Japanese. I will learn how to write it at a later point.
I know that a lot of people pride themselves on being able to read and write Japanese. Currently, I do not need to read and write the stuff. I just need to speak the damn language. Once I feel confident about speaking I will try to read and write. It may be hard to find a teacher who will only teach me how to speak. From what I have noticed they want you to also learn to write the stuff. The thing is, trying to learn how to speak and write at the same time will confuse me. I understand how hard it is to read and speak a second language. My heart goes out to my students everyday. Some of them try so hard to get better.
So, wish me luck in my efforts to get better. I will try my best to speak better Japanese.