It’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up hosted by Georgie and me. This month is being hosted by Georgie, so head over to her blog and join up by submitting your post to the widget at the end of Georgie’s entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!
Back in 2008-2010 (somewhere around then), I’d been self-studying Japanese. I always wanted to learn Japanese because of my interest in anime, manga, and JRPGs. I’d picked up some basic phrases from Japanese media, but I hadn’t learnt how to read and write the language until I did my self-study. I’d managed to get through all the Hiragana and Katakana, but then I’d stopped. Eventually grad school hit me, so all other studies (and hobbies) were put on hold. I’d always fully intended on returning to my Japanese studies, but the opportunity and interest hadn’t hit me until recently. In fact, I found myself missing my Japanese studies!
This week, I decided to resume my Japanese studies, as this will help me for my Hakodate trip in April 2017. I re-downloaded Human Japanese on my desktop PC and my iPhone. I found my Hiragana and Katakana packets that I was using for writing practices. I even went and bought a new notebook (the Ardium Soft Note) to use for my writing pratices. With my two-hour wait for my bus in the evenings, I figured that’d be a good time to study. So far it’s been working out pretty well.
I’ve been slowly re-acquainting myself with Hiragana. As of typing this, I am up to the N characters. I find that Hiragana (and Katakana and eventually Kanji!) characters are difficult to write; my hand is not enjoying the process, haha! Still, though, I am enjoying the challenges, and this time I am really concentrating on memorising the characters so I can recognise them as I learn. Human Japanese is also helping with their lessons and exercises — I just hope I can persevere and learn more than I did previously! In the meantime, I’ll just have to keep practising!
Do you know more than one language? Is there a language you’d like to learn? Would you choose to self-learn or take a formal class? What other self-studying have you done? Share your experiences with me in the comments!