Struggling To Organize Myself

Getting back on track to relearn everything I have forgotten has proved to be a bit difficult. Back when I was taking classes more regularly it was easier to study because you basically had a guideline on how and where to start.

So after a few failed attempts at just grabbing up some books I decided to go back and review my old course material. It was my best decision so far! Once going through some of my old notes I realized I remembered more than I thought however I still have a lot of work to do to get to the point where I can recall on what I’ve learned on my own during a conversation.

I never did forget Hiragana or Katakana and still remember some Kanji which is great and I have a pretty good start on a language book collection.

I personally enjoy the みんなの日本語 (Minna No Nihongo) textbooks and workbooks. I’ve also started using http://www.japanesepod101.com. I will probably do a post specifically on what materials and resources I have and personally like. If there is one thing I can suggest though is to start learning Hiragana and Katakana first! It’s really important when starting out to have the basics down so you can at least read the characters. Kanji and such will come later.

That’s all for tonight!

Cheryl

Starting Over

I’ve had a love for Japanese language and culture since I was very young but living in a small town growing up made it hard for me to learn the language. I was determined to one day study and become fluent in Japanese and that want has never gone away.

At twenty-one my husband and I made the decision to move from the East Coast of Canada to Ontario where we currently live. Being so close to Toronto gave me the opportunity to attend local language classes and begin my journey to learning Japanese. I did quite well for a while, I even took a trip to Japan with my best friend however my mental health issues, parenthood and some personal losses took its toll on me and I put aside learning Japanese feeling at the time it was pointless to pursue.

After some time and taking care of myself I’ve decided to get back on track and work towards my goal of fluency. I am keeping this blog mostly for myself to write about my progress. I’ll be starting from the beginning since I’ve forgotten so much that I had already learned. Feel free to follow along! I’m going to do my best to write about my learning experience, review materials and even post about some fun local cultural events! I apologize now for any poor grammar and spelling mistakes. I swear it’s been forever since I’ve written anything and I think I suffer from mommy brain most days which means I’m usually half asleep and super forgetful.

Enjoy and good luck to fellow learners!

XO

Cheryl

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