When learning Japanese, you are going to be involved with a lot of other Japanese learners. People of all levels, personalities, motivation, style, and technique. Working together with others is part of the fun of it all. While a large majority of your quest will be based around solo adventures, this isn’t a purely solo game.
So along your path, have you ever run into an “evil” Japanese learner? A “Japanese player killer?”
Not sure? Even if you’ve never seen him in person, this is usually what he looks like:
You can tell an evil Japanese learner by the following:
- He is high level (but not fluent)
- He tells you why you are foolish for thinking you can learn Japanese fast (especially if it is faster than he learned)
- He laughs and says your reason for learning isn’t a good one (for example, because you love anime)
- He always explains that these are the hardships he had to go through, so you must have to go through the same
- He likes to point out all your mistakes when you aren’t asking for them
- He likes to tell you why your methods are obviously wrong
- He loves to show off his superiority
In the beginning of my own journey, my first encounter with this type of person was on forums, which lead to my disgust for visiting them. Forums have their benefits, but unfortunately, the evil Japanese learner uses forums as his place of operation. I also had met my share of evil learners in person while in Japan. They just loved to push at you when you let your guard down.
My advice to you, especially if you are a beginner:
Beware. Confidence is a very shaky thing for Japanese learners. You are dealing with a monstrous battle already, and the last thing you need are random player killers roaming around that’ll smite you down for their own pleasure. A little negativity goes a long way, and it is far too common to have your precious motivation crushed by a few words.
Have you encountered any evil Japanese learners? Where? How did you deal with it?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.