In the game of language, the younger you are, the bigger the winner right? The older you get, the worse off you are? 30? Nope. 21? Nope. 16? Nope. 12? Nope. 3? Yes. Yes? Really?
“Too old to learn a Japanese.”
Worst excuse ever.
But even if you can learn a language at any age, there must be a best age.
Whatever your age is right now. Any other age is irrelevant.
First, thinking whether you are at an advantageous age to learn Japanese is you searching for an excuse on why you aren’t the best equipped to do it. The second you start doing this, you are already poisoning your thoughts.
But more importantly, you want to learn Japanese now.
Your sum of life experiences have led you to this exact moment where you want to learn Japanese. 5, 10, 15 years ago, where you were in your life, would you want to have learned Japanese? Who knows. Would you have had the motivation to learn Japanese? Who knows. Would you be ready to learn Japanese? Who knows.
The only thing you know is that right now you want to, have the motivation, and are ready. And that’s the exact age you want to and need to be to learn Japanese.
It’s that simple.
I don’t care if you are 10, 20, 30, 50, or even 80 (if you are 80 and on this site I’d love to hear your story). If you are starting Japanese, you chose the perfect time. There is no prime age. No magic powers of youth. It’s you and Japanese and the merger between the 2.
My best age to start learning Japanese was 21. What was yours?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.