Avoid a Negative Learning Environment — 10 Comments

  1. I feel very fortunate to have come across, and allied myself with, JALUP. It is a resource of people and ideas that keeps me “in the light” on my Japanese journey. Thanks, all!

  2. I have been sliding. I still love the language. Life jumps in the way sometimes and I’m ok with that–but there’s some guilt about throwing away all that progress in a backslide.
    For me, studying in a group can bring on the negativity because so many others are doing better than I am. It’s mostly because I’m in hobby-mode. It comes from having a big family and many responsibilities that don’t pivot on my Japanese knowledge.

    Wish me luck!

    • There are plenty of other people here that study on the side and don’t make it their main life focus. As long as you show it a little love now and then, it will continue to grow, at the pace you decide.

    • I have been in hobby-mode a lot of the time since I started studying Japanese many years ago. One thing I feel really helped me is to promise myself to do at least 1 anki review each day. It is easy to squeeze in a single review, only takes a few seconds or maybe a minute and when you do the one it may become 2 and then you get that feeling of “Yes! I accomplished more than I set out to do” which is a great booster. Other days it may just stay with the one and you can keep the good feeling of keeping your promise. It will also ensure that when there is more time for studying, you can spend that time learning something new, because you have not forgotten what you already learned.

      Even the busiest of days should allow for a single anki review :) 頑張って!

  3. Thanks for the article Adam.

    Staying positive is such a good way to keep making progress with Japanese. Personally, when I’m feeling frustrated doing RTK, I remind myself that RTK is meant to be a challenge, and feeling frustrated is part of overcoming a challenge. Growth comes from pain etc etc. I then find I can let that frustration go and push through to an emotionless state.

    • Frustration to greatness is the way to go. And you make a good point. No true challenge is without its share of frustration.

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