Is Japanese one of the most difficult languages in the world like they say? Crossing the gap as a native English speaker to Japanese, or the reverse (native Japanese to English) is massive. The consensus is to be prepared for exponentially more hours, effort and sweat. You aren’t studying in Romance Language Land. You are in a world where intense struggle awaits…
That’s one of the reasons you are probably in the game in the first place.
The fact that Japanese is so unique, so difficult, not commonly studied, not commonly achieved, makes it have an appeal which has no bounds. Japanese has a special set of circumstances around it which makes it an in demand language, yet apparently so far out of reach.
And you know what happens when you beat the odds of all the reasons you are told why you probably won’t ever be able to do it? You bask in triumphant glory.
ピンチってちょっと萌えません？ (Don’t you get fired up a bit when you are in a pinch?)
Everyone at some point (and multiple points after that) complains about the difficulty. Just remember, you are partially in it for that very reason. Don’t get excited about the difficult challenge and dislike it at the same time.
Catch fire in the difficulty. It makes it all worthwhile.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.