Would you like to have the smoothest possible journey imaginable without any hardships? Go from A to B to C to Z all without ever encountering a single hurdle along the way? Would you love it if those websites that say “learn Japanese: easy, fast and fun!” were really 100% true, and you could accomplish all your goals in an instant?
Your individual journey is what makes it all worthwhile. Learning Japanese is a lifestyle choice, not just acquiring a language. The ups and downs. The obstacles. The battles, wins, and defeats. Those moments you felt like giving up. Those triumphant victories. Everyone’s journey from beginner to fluent is filled with some of the most interesting and exciting tales, and could probably fill up an entire book or two.
You want to take this away from yourself?
Some people might think that learning Japanese is just a means to be able to watch, play, or understand something from Japan. But if that were the case, subs or dubs make way more sense than the investment it takes to understand the original material.
It’s the roller coaster ride that makes your ability shine and gives it such incredible value to you. I know when you are down, it can be nice to “wish Japanese was easier.” But if it was such a simple given, would it really be as life-altering as it is now?
For most people I know, their adventure into Japanese has changed their lives in so many ways. An adventure is only possible when there is struggle and challenge. Otherwise it’s not an adventure. The definition of adventure usually has 3 features: 1) Hazards, 2) Dangers, and 3) Risk.
Keep them in. Don’t dream about removing them. When you complain, you complain, but in the end, you’ll be glad it was a rough winding road all throughout.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.