Slow and steady isn’t always a good thing in the world of language learning. How many goals have you watched die simply because they were completed too slowly? Yet I hear this from a lot of people that going slower is somehow more of a virtue. But it can be very limiting to assume that going faster is wrong or will create more stress for you.
Learning Japanese faster isn’t wrong, and it doesn’t necessarily create more stress. I find that it actually makes the process more enjoyable. Wouldn’t you want to achieve your goals faster? If going faster makes the process less enjoyable for you, maybe you have the wrong goals to begin with.
One of the biggest objections I’ve heard is that people just don’t have enough time. Of course, nobody has enough time. They’re way too busy, they have too much work to do, or something. I dunno. I’m really busy too, so I can relate. I like to do things. But sometimes you have to take another look at your priorities and decide what’s most important to you.
I used to have a really long list of things I had to do every day. Japanese got a small little piece of the pie graph. But one day I took a step back and saw that a lot of things I was doing just wasn’t as important to me as reaching my Japanese goals. So I cut them back or cut them from the list completely. I’m a big fan of mercilessly cutting back on things that aren’t important to you and spending more time on things that are.
But maybe Japanese isn’t as important to you as other goals you have. That’s fine. Take a look at your priorities and find out what is. Maybe you can step something else up instead.
When I talk about going faster, I’m not really talking about incremental changes. Anybody can make an extra two Anki cards every morning. Think of how you could achieve your Japanese goals twice as fast, three times as fast, five times as fast. It’ll really get you thinking in some new directions.
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to spend long hours every day drilling yourself with Japanese. It’s more about thinking differently and focusing yourself. How can you reach your Japanese goals faster?
Give it a try for thirty days. See if you like it. If you want to learn Japanese, it doesn’t have to take ten years to get there. Speed it up! It’ll make a big difference.
A writer for Japanese Level Up, a part-time graphic designer, and purveyor of fine Japanese art (which consists mostly of anime, manga and weird music). When he’s not wasting time in Japanese, you can usually find him making pretty pictures or studying something that sounds interesting.