Sorry for the lack of update the past weeks, I have been pretty busy with my job.
Where am I now in my learning Japanese?
First of all, I managed this week to finish learning the 235-ish general use Kanji of the first two level of the Joyo Kanji. In itself it’s useless given that everyday kanji are part of the whole 2000 general kanji and that I only managed to learned about 10% of them so I am not able to read any amount of text above 50 characters, even Twitter is still beyond my reach, for the moment.
In the meantime, I switched most of my apps and softwares language to Japanese in the hope I could learn some vocabulary this way. So far, no great results, some embarrassing mistakes but some of it is beginning to stick.
Regarding the lessons I attend, I am a bit disappointed. There is not so many opportunity to speak and the progress are quite slow. After a month or so, we are not finished with the hiragana, we only started to work on the これ、それ、あれ, … Issues and most of the other student find it hard. Some of them even seem to discover that Japanese is a real language with rules that aren’t this simple and that it needs time and work in order to get results.
I suspect some of them thought that by watching anime, they were already fluent (Tofugu wrote about that a long time ago and it’s still very true).
The fact that I am trying to work beyond what is asked for the lessons doesn’t help to feel this gap but I feel I gain more results this way.
As I was working in a cafe yesterday, I had the chance to be seated in front of a Japanese family, teaching their 4-year-old girl some hiragana. I was glad to understand almost everything but was beaten by her because I wasn’t able to speak anything but really simple sentences. Otherwise said: I still don’t have the level of a 4 years child. Let’s go back to work then.
Last of all, in four weeks now, it will be the JLPT examination. I am confident on the vocabulary but not on the grammar part. Still one month to improve…