You all have fluency on your minds. That is the ultimate goal after all. You’ve probably visualized it. Fluency is the moment when you can do everything you set out to do. Watch whatever you want to watch. Read whatever you want to read. Play whatever you want to play. The realization of all your dreams.
So what happens when you are fluent?
This isn’t some deep philosophical discussion of what happens when you are fluent. Or the benefits, the rewards, and whether they are worth it. I just want to take this moment to remind you something simple.
Being fluent in Japanese is extreme fun beyond your wildest dreams.
You’ve gained a super power.
Yes, a super power. It’s something that allows you to do things other people can’t. It gives you a portal to a world that others have no access to, and allows you to engage in a way with life in a way others can’t. You’ve earned that super power. Proof of your hard work, dedication, struggles and victories over the months and years. You trained. You fought. You achieve the fruits.
That super power means the world to you. If you got to fluency, it means that you had to love Japanese and love the things in Japanese. Now you get to love Japanese and the things in Japanese even more. You don’t have to worry about whether you will understand or how much you will understand. Or how to study. Or when you will finally get it.
From fluency, you get pure experience. The experiences you were waiting for. And I can tell you that your original vision of fluency pales in comparison to the actual experience. Thinking what it would be like to be able to understand anime without subtitles and actually understanding anime without subtitles are two entirely different games.
You know how you have those moments of enjoyment here and there as you move forward, and those moments get better and more frequent the further along you get? Well imagine those moments all the time. With no more pressure. No more self-doubt. No more stress.
Summing it up with the word fun is probably too simple. Exciting. Thrilling. Invigorating. Refreshing. Magical. You choose whatever word you want. All I want to convey to you is that fluency in Japanese is that amazing. So get here. Myself and others are waiting. You don’t want us hogging up all the fun now, do you?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.