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Is Learning Japanese Difficult? — 9 Comments

  1. Thank you for the wise words. It reminds me of when I was in college and I told my grandfather that Calculus was so hard. He said, “There are no hard subjects. It’s just that some subjects take more time to master than others.” So I spent 8 hours every Saturday and every Sunday studying Calculus. And then I became an English major.

    Your article inspired me anew.

  2. I absolutely love this post. I get so annoyed with mainly people who DON’T know or even think about studying a second language–they seem to be full of so much opinion about how difficult languages are. /huff I was under the “Japanese is too hard” spell until I stumbled upon AJATT and eventually JALUP early last year. The only thing that’s hard is committing to my Anki reviews, otherwise, learning Japanese has been a PLEASURE (aside from the occasional kanji migraines)!

    • I agree, doing the reviews is what’s hard to start, when it comes to actually learning new things I fly through that stuff with total pleasure haha (and have to stop myself or else I get too many reviews and then the wheel stops there…)

    • Yeah, most of the people who think it’s difficult are people who have never even tried it. I was under the delusion until I actually started studying it myself. (“Hey, this isn’t actually so hard after all!”)

      Yep, Anki reviews are hard to stick with. Being consistent with Anki has made Japanese very difficult many a time for me! :) Glad to hear you liked the post!

  3. I hate coming across articles that claim Japanese is the most difficult language for a native speaker of English to learn. It all comes down to motivation and dedication. Not once have I considered Japanese difficult. What was difficult was trying to learn French in high school the traditional way, which is supposed to be easier for native English speakers. I guess you could say studying method also has a lot to do with it too.

  4. Wow! Tremendously inspiring and well written article. I agree with you completely. It’s difficult I think for a lot of people to realize they are accountable for their own destination with japanese. But if one just tries to give their best on a daily basis, I’m confident we all can build or continue to build something fantastic.

  5. I remember my Karate Sensei saying “All you need to do to get a black belt is keep showing up at class”.

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