I bet not many people can read the title of this post. It says “I like Japanese” in, of course, Japanese. It amazes me how far I’ve come in my study.
I went to Oldenborg, the foreign language dining hall, yesterday to practice speaking Japanese being the good student that I am. (Actually, it’s required that I go three times a week….) Anyway, it just blows me away how far I came. I remember my first time going to the Japanese language table being only able to say “This is a pencil,” “This is a book,” or “This is a _____” (fill in the blank here). Now, I can have more detailed and longer conversations about topics that are actually interesting. (We talked about video games.)
By no means has Japanese gotten easier. In fact, it became a lot more complicated with the more complex grammar patterns and new kanji. Japanese takes a lot of my time because I have to study for hours. No matter how time consuming it is, I still enjoy it.
Coming from no Japanese knowledge to a basic understanding of the language is great. Sometimes, I question why do I do this to myself. I can answer that: because it is something that I have always wanted to learn, but never had the resources to do back in Georgia. I’ll keep going with this. Who knows, maybe I’ll study abroad in Japan next year.