When you start Japanese, everything is new. Over time you grow accustomed to things. You begin to expect the way certain things work, both in the language itself, and the way you study the language. You gain a comfort level, and things become routine. Then all of a sudden something changes out of nowhere.
I’m not even talking about the major changes like going to J-J, or trying immersion, or reading a newspaper. I’m talking about the sudden changes.
Like when you are going through J-E, and you are slowly but steadily building one block upon the other. Then you hit your first “umm… I don’t get it. What the hell?” You move on to have it happen again. These “huh” blocks, or the awkward non-fitting Tetris blocks, continue to fall at the least expected time.
The same thing happens with your study methods. You are doing kanji in Anki, and have been progressing smoothly through the first several hundred cards. Then all of a sudden you start forgetting old cards. You have a string of mistakes. Your reviews start piling up in ways they weren’t before. This doesn’t feel good. It makes you realize that you are going to have a lot of these gut punch moments. But on the reverse, the positive experience comes in the same way.
What comes next?
You don’t know what you are going to learn next. What abilities you will unlock. What untold treasures are waiting to be found just around the corner. There will be so many moments coming up soon for you that will bring an absolute smile to your face. Moments that will make you feel good, unstoppable, and like an explorer finding something amazing for the first time in a new world.
You should be excited.
You should have trouble sleeping because of that excitement. What will tomorrow bring? The unexpected, the unknown that awaits should be a thrill. Sure, there will be some downs that follow, but these downs are merely challenges. Whatever happens next, good or bad, will be different and interesting. That is something to look forward to.
What are you excited about what might happen next?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.