You are watching a Japanese TV show. You can’t follow the story. Some characters talk too fast. Others too low. Some mumble. The main character talks in a very uncommon dialect. Frustration starts to set in, depriving you of fun.
This is where I would like you to remember this very important, but simple idea that should keep you motivated:
Every moment you study Japanese will make every moment you study Japanese more enjoyable.
As you are reading this, you may be thinking the exact opposite. The more you study the more you feel frustrated and the less enjoyable it becomes. This is because you are only thinking of the present. Right now your study is frustrating and boring. But compare your studying to even just one day in the past, and I guarantee that your frustration and boredom yesterday will have decreased by a minuscule percentage. At the same time, every new day you study Japanese, it will improve by a very small amount. This leads to the following:
You study more -> Your Japanese improves slightly->Your study is slightly more enjoyable than before -> You want to study more->You study more (repeat)
Typical studying through Movies, TV, and books:
boring=>mildly interesting=>entertaining=>roller coaster of fun
This should translate into whatever pain you are feeling now, tomorrow it should be a little less. If you were able to bear with today’s frustration, than you should easily be able to bear with tomorrow’s slightly less frustration.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.