Everyone wants to win. All the time, if possible. The good news about learning Japanese is it is filled with victories spread out everywhere. You win all the time. The bad news is that when you lose, you feel you lose big, and it comes at times when you feel like you shouldn’t be losing.
When everyone does Kana Conqueror and Jalup Beginner, for the most part it feels like a series of consecutive wins. I’m not saying that there is no challenge or struggle, but you always feel like you are going straight forward. Continuous wins make you used to winning. But then you get to immersion. Then you get to J-J. Then you try manga. Then you try novels.
You lose all your first battles.
You are overwhelmed and surrounded by the enemy. No matter how much I tell you to be ready for it, you won’t be. When you tell a winner who has been winning nonstop that he’s going to lose now, it’s hard to believe. Maybe you’ll be different. Maybe you won’t lose. You haven’t lost this up till now. Things will work out.
And then you lose.
It’s just hard to prevent. You built up all that experience from fighting in the early worlds. You’d assume when you start the next world you are fully ready for everything. But you aren’t. You may have the abilities to prepare for these new worlds. But battles are different. The strategies you need to use will be different. You’ll face enemies you’ve never seen before and need to develop a new game plan. You can’t prepare yourself for that.
Prepared for defeat
What do you do after that loss?
Get right back up and start training again. Work your strategy to take that loss into account and fight on. You may lose again. But just repeat until you win. You play until your wins overpower your losses. And then your losses start fading away, leaving eventually only wins. That’s the natural progression of how everything will work out for 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.