Operation:Learn Japanese 

So, it is possible that I will have an opportunity to go to Japan this summer. Therefore, I had this brilliant idea. Why not learn Japanese?! But that means I need a plan. So, without further or do, here is my plan.

  • Learn the hiragana

Hiragana are the basic characters in Japanese that are used to indicate a certain sound. So sounds like “a” or “ka” are represented by,”あ” or “か”Now most things are that written in Japan are in Kanji, but in order to get into the swing of things, this would be a good first step. I have been using the website tofugu as a resource. They have a guide on how to learn all of the hiragana quickly’ using mnemonics, spaced repetition and stuff like that. I also found several Quizlet sets with the Japanese hiragana, so I have been drilling with those.

  • Write a script of common phrases

As I was researching how to to learn Japanese, I came across this website called Fluent in Three Months. The author, Benny Lewis is basically a polyglot who helps others learn languages. One of the most important pieces of advice that he gives is, “speak it on the first day.” Which makes sense considering that when a baby first learns to talk, they don’t know how the words make sense, the nuances of language, or the all of the grammar rules. But they improve all the time because they are constantly practicing. I don’t have anyone nearby who is fluent in Japanese, but there are resources online to find people who will Skype with you, correct your grammar, andthings like that. I’ll probably write out my script this weekend. I know it won’t be the first day but, as a full-time student, I am very busy. 

  • Memorize the first 500 most common words 

I want to become conversational pretty quickly. If I learn the most frequently spoken words, then I will have more flexibility in terms of talking to people. I got this idea from the book Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner. I’m planning on using Quizlet and the leitner box system to review. The lietner box system,  also mentioned in Fluent Forever, is an organized way of using spaced repetition.

  • Buy a Japanese grammar book 

I don’t know what method I will use to learn the grammar rules. First, I need to get a grammar book. Perhaps, one of you have any suggestions?

There it is, my plan. I will be updating you guys on how it goes. If you have any suggestions or questions, comment below.

Resources:

Tofugu

Fluent in three months

Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner

Quizlet

You Can’t Do It… Without God’s Help

Hello, everyone.

I haven’t posted in a month and I wanted to tell you why.

As you all know, school started last week for MOST people. However, I have an abnormal school year. The first semester starts in the second week of august and ends the week before thanksgiving. Then the second semester starts on the second week of January and ends at either the end of April or the beginning of May. Basically, I have been in school for six weeks. So all that time of my blogging inactivity was spent adjusting back into the school schedule.

Since 7th Grade I struggled with time management and focus. In fact, 7th grade was the worst school year of my life. I would read books when I should have been doing schoolwork, stay up late reading, look at stuff on the computer when I wasn’t supposed to, and I just didn’t have good time management. Since then, I have been getting better, but it is still something that I struggle with. The last straw was when last year, I had the opportunity serve as a Senate page in the Virginia Legislature. For two months I only had two hours of study hall and the weekends to get at least six hours of school work done each day. As a result, I had to work to catch up over the summer. By that July, I was sick and tired of always being behind, always doing schoolwork in my free time, and always playing catch up. But then my Dad told me that I would never be able to be on top of my schoolwork. I needed God’s help. Being the Christian-since-five person I am, I knew that. Whenever I was up late trying to finish a paper or trying to get three days of schoolwork done in one day, I would send up a flare prayer. But I had this crazy idea that I should be able to do it all by myself. Especially, if I saw other people who were getting their work done by noon and had time for a whole bunch of extracurricular activities. So, finally, I am in the sixth week of 10th grade. So far, I have been able to go to the bed at a relatively reasonable hour most of the time. Also, God has helped me to not be so stressed about everything school-related. So, for those who share the struggle, remember to rely on God for help.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.(Proverbs 3:5-6)