Japanese Language Updates (Early August 2022) and Summers as an ALT

It looks like the last time I was active on here was in February, which also happens to be the last time I wrote one of these language updates. So, am I fluent yet? Am I able to speak with my coworkers or at least understand them? No. I am a BAD student.

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January Language Summary

This is not something that I had planned but I figured that maybe doing monthly summaries will give me some motivation to keep on track with my studying. Now, I do have to admit that January was the month of finding a feasible routine. And maybe this might even still run into February. The truth is that this is my first time trying to learn a language so I’m not sure where to even start. It’s all about learning. So while I didn’t hit my daily studying goal, I am immensely proud of what I have accomplished, and I think acknowledging our steps, even the itty bitty ones, is one of the best ways to keep that motivation strong.

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Language Study Goals: The Beginning of Frustration

I’ve been in Japan for three months now and I’m starting to feel some frustration welling up. And it has to do with the language. I’m very upset I don’t know Japanese.

While I can mostly get by with no Japanese (I mean, what’s so hard about grabbing stuff and then presenting money, right?), I’ve started to notice that I’m starting to struggle in other ways. I hate the fact that when I go to the store to buy anything, I can’t tell what the cashier is saying or asking me. Its probably something like “Do you want a bag?” or “Do you have a points card?” or even, “Do you want this all on one transaction?”. But I can’t tell. And I hate that I struggle buying train tickets, and that I can’t communicate with the people around me. New Year’s just passed and I can’t say “How was your vacation?” or “What did you do?”. And even if I could learn these two questions, I wouldn’t be able to understand their answers!

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