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Trying to learn Japanese, but losing motivation too quickly to make progress
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Posted 12/11/12 , edited 12/11/12

diodrin wrote:

Try to focus on the fact that you'll be opening up a new resource for sexual encounters.


I shall be N1 level by next week.

j/k
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Posted 12/11/12 , edited 12/12/12

GodWhomIsMike wrote:


diodrin wrote:

Try to focus on the fact that you'll be opening up a new resource for sexual encounters.


I shall be N1 level by next week.

j/k


That's what I'm talking 'bout!!!
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Posted 12/11/12 , edited 12/12/12
Best motivation is to have a reason like a favorite manga that isn't translated into English yet. That gives you a reason to want to read it, to learn. For me, even that wasn't quite enough, I had to start using it for work but since then I've powered onto reading all my manga and novels in Japanese too. Good luck!
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Posted 12/12/12 , edited 12/12/12

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Kerensa wrote:

I can understand what you mean but I also agree with what some people are saying about how you can't REALLY want to learn the language if you can't find the motivation to do so. I speak from experience on this matter. My problem is I easily get distracted by things. I can be studying and then I'll notice something that needs to be cleaned, so I'll do it. Before I know it those things that need to be cleaned or dealt with begin to pile up. Now hours have passed and I think "Oh crap! I should study!" but then I think, "Well, in a moment. I'll check Reddit first."

And then it's time to sleep.

I have the motivation to learn. I live in Japan and I want to make friends, but at the same time I just don't want to feel bothered. I don't get much free time and I feel like I spend most of it at work, doing paperwork for work or at the gym (I like the gym). In the few hours of free time I have I always put it off.

What works for me--and I'm a procrastinator--make a plan to study at a specific time. Make it like a daily ritual. Same time everyday. Eventually it will become just the normal thing for you to do. Of course it's okay to cancel your study session to do other things every now and again but you cannot make a habit out of it or you will fall out of your ritual.

I think before you focus on Kanji you need to get hiragana and katakana down to a T. It doesn't seem like you're there quite yet judging by your spellings. Spelling is important otherwise your kanji (if typed) will come out being something completely different. I think your motivation may be swaying because you're pushing yourself too hard.


Reddit is a dead sentence to studying, unless you are visiting r/learnjapanese
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Nope! Front paging, r/science, etc. I hear Japanese every day and I find myself getting burned out frequently. It's not that I dislike the language. I really like it and I do want to learn. But after dealing with it all day at work and in daily life, when I get home sometimes I crave some good old... English. :)

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Posted 12/14/12 , edited 12/14/12
I have that here in The Netherlands, whenever I go back to Belgium I'm so glad to hear some Flemish instead of Dutch all the time.
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Posted 12/15/12 , edited 12/16/12
Your not alone i tried self studying Japanese, im slipping more away from it...the only way for me to do it is actually set a schedule plan and force myself to do it but its hard since you have no one else with you to motivate and help you, probably tutoring should be better then self studying or taking Japanese classes and actually meeting some people who are also taking the course :/ which i shouldve done, ive tried allot of ways to force myself but they don't seem to work unless im doing it with others.
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Posted 12/15/12 , edited 12/16/12
You are in trouble if you are losing motivation after a few words.
To seriously learn a language requires a big investment of attention.
To really grasp a language you need a lot of exposure to become comfortable with the rhythms.
You need an awareness of the culture to make relevant allusions.
You are looking at a minimum of around 1000 kanji to read at an adult level.

I'm not trying to discourage you. The rewards are wonderful.
You should just think about how serious you are before you waste your time doing something halfway and then dropping it.
Posted 12/17/12 , edited 12/17/12
Eh, I know what you mean sometimes.

I started learning Japanese at university. To my surprise, the first thing our Sensei (先生) made us learn before we focused on speaking, was the hirigana and katakana alphabet. I learnt them in about 3 weeks and have now learnt around 100 kanji (doing another 100 after Christmas T_T)!

Im really enjoying learning Japanese because you can feel yourself getting better.

However, sooner or later I started losing motivation with my textbook. One day, after class, I asked my teacher (in japanese ofcourse :P) if he was going to the local convenient store for lunch. He said he was and when went together, talking the whole time in Japanese. I admit that I couldn't say tonnes of varied things, but it was so fun! It was the first time I had really used my newly learnt skills and it was such a good feeling. It really got me motivated again to learn more.

Since then, I routinely walk with my teacher and talk to him, and I have also made a Japanese friend I meet up regularly with to converse in both English and Japanese.

My point is, find someone you can actually talk to. Make a Japanese pen pal, or give out your email to your language teachers and ask them to spread it to any Japanese students they know. Actually talking and using the language, is so rewarding and will really aid your language skills. It will also motivate you to learn more so you have something new to say next time

Let me know how it goes! And feel free to message me too! がんばって!
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Posted 3/10/13 , edited 3/11/13
Make it fun because it takes an insanely long time. Seriously. I've been at it for 3 1/2 years for 5 hours a day seven days a week - 6000+ hours so far. And I still suck. That's more time than it takes to get a 4 year degree at a state college. For perspective: I can read books, newpapers, websites and understand movies - mostly. I can order in restaurants, get/give directions, write letters and email and have simple conversations, but it's a lot of work. It gets easier every day but every day you raise the bar of your expectations. When will it be like english? A long time away - so far that just thinking about it is really demoralizing.

So you want to learn Japanese? Seriously? You better be having fun. There are a ton of people who can give good advice about methodology, source material, priorities (check out AJATT) but a lot of those folks are pretty hardcore and they tend to suggest things that would wipe out a normal human. So accept that it's a long, long journey and focus on making it fun. Watch stuff you like, read stuff you like, try to make friends with people who want to do it with you or who can help you (like Japanese-speakers!). Let your curiosity be your guide and reward yourself for making progress. When I was memorizing the Kanji (a long painful process which totally, totally sucks, BTW). I used to let myself buy a new anime series each time I got through another few hundred of them (I'd hold off on buying new stuff in the meantime). Whenever I started to burn out I would mix it up, drop something I was hating or slow it down or put it aside for a while. Going a little slower, taking side trips, checking out random stuff, all those things might delay some far off goal but at least it keeps you moving forward.
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Posted 3/14/13 , edited 3/14/13
I find that if I get burnt out after studying a few days in a row, I just watch anime or listen to my favorite Japanese song and I'm very motivated to get back in there and study.
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Posted 3/14/13 , edited 3/14/13
Tell your self that thats your goal and you will fufil it to get the outcome you want to achieve with it. Even if it means giving up other things, but you have to have passion for learning it along with motivation.
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Posted 3/14/13 , edited 3/14/13
follow a japanese person on twitter that you want to communicate with. That should give you some motivation.
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