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What If You Became Too Good At Japanese? — 7 Comments

  1. It’s not really a problem I suppose since if you are studying Japanese it’s because you have an objective.
    I don’t know what is the objective of everyone but since you have fully learned Japanese (and every single kanji possible lol) you’ll have a tons of possibilities…

    I’m French and I’ve learned English by myself because I wanted to be able to speak with foreigners. And now that I’m able to do it, I can do more like read the original version of Terry Pratchett’s books (it’s just an example toh).
    And if you have fully learned a language, there is plenty of others just waiting to be mastered.

  2. With a language, it’s probably not possible to fully learn it. There’ll always be extra little things to get better at. Like learning older Japanese or something.
    At the very least you would still need to take the time to maintain your skill. One Punch Man doesn’t ever seem to exercise anymore, which you have to do to stay in shape.

  3. I don’t think it is possible for anyone to be too good at Japanese, ever. There is just no way. It’s an inexhaustibly deep well of sounds and symbols stretching from the ancient past to the distant future. There are so many layers and levels to it, both in the spoken and the written languages. It demands a refined sense for nuance and ambiguity. It’s almost discouraging to set studying all of Japanese as a goal. :)

    • Correction : *It’s not possible to be too good at ANY language ever (especially Eastern Languages).

      • I do agree with the “any language”, but why “especially Eastern languages”? My mothertongue is German and I consider my vocabulary slightly above average (but then again, who does not – sopohomoric humans, ahoy!) – yet I would never dare to say that I’m too good at German. Of course, the question is how you define “mastering” a language, but from my personal understanding I think there is a huge difference between the ability to communicate smoothly, and to actually “master” a language. Be it an Eastern one, or any other.

        • Das ist richtig! Basically, “mastering” a language is an impossible feat, even for native speakers. It is most unreasonable for anyone to aim that high. It should be enough that we can do everything that we wish to do in a language. It is unreasonable to wish for more than that.

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