The plan to become fluent Japanese is a grand one. You know by now somewhat of what it takes to get there. So it’s a good idea to wait till you have the proper time to attend to it. Wait till your job settles down a bit. Wait till your exams finish, or the semester ends. Wait till you don’t have long errands to run. Wait till your family life is in check. And wait till your life won’t constantly get in the way. This is the perfect way to handle things…
…if you never want to be fluent in Japanese.
If you are waiting for the right time to study Japanese, a time when all of your life and schedule aligns perfectly, you are chasing after magical unicorns trotting over rainbows.
Your life will never align into the perfect time to study Japanese. There will always be something, until the day you die. And studying Japanese after death will yield minimal rewards.
I don’t care how busy you think you are, how bad and incompatible you think your schedule is, if you want to do this, you are doing it now. The waiter loses. It’s an instant sign that you do not want it badly enough. Fluent Japanese isn’t just something you can just “kind of want” and expect to get any results.
I know I sound harsh. But I hear this often, and I need to be harsh.
I’ll start reading more when…
I’ll start watching more when…
I’ll start listening more when…
When nothing. Every “when” you have should be altered to “right now.”
I’m not saying that you should sacrifice everything to study Japanese. But you need to sacrifice something. You need to work with the life you have, its time constraints and obstacles. You can’t wait for things to clear up, as they often never do.
It’s your decision, but just remember that every “wait for the right time” delay is a dangerous blow to any chance at victory.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.