I am a little disappointed in myself these days. I’ve been so incredibly busy that I have once again fallen off the old Japanese study horse. For some reason, I have really been struggling to get back to my normal study routine. I remember when I first got to Japan, I studied as hard as I could, as often as I could, because I knew so little. Being frustrated with not knowing even the basics really lit my studying fuse. The danger I face right now is complacency. I really feel like I’m beginning to rest on my laurels. I know wholeheartedly that my Japanese is far from perfect, but because I know enough to get through my day-to-day routine, I haven’t been challenging myself to learn new and more varied Japanese structures, vocabulary and the like. It’s a real problem for me and it’s not a good feeling.
Well, what’s the solution? Is there like a nihongo rehab clinic I can check myself into after falling off the study horse again? If so, where is it located, because I’ll be the first one in line, LOL.
Is the answer getting a Japanese girlfriend? I’m not so sure that it is. First, I have to successfully get a Japanese woman to date me. I’ve exhausted all my options: giving compliments, being subtle, being direct, being extra friendly, winking creepily, tasers, ether, cholorofor…I’m kidding…I’m kidding! I don’t think getting a date in Japan is rocket science, but how effective that date/relationship is going to be in enhancing your Japanese…THAT’s the big question. There are quite a few Japanese women that I’ve come across who are interested in learning English, so dating could end up being a way to use more Japenglish (or should I say Englanese) that I would like to.
There are a quite a few methods that I think would be effective: honestly clearing time in my schedule to sit my a** down and study, watching more Japanese TV to rekindle my interest, making more, male Japanese friends, going back to karate (truthfully I haven’t been going lately), etc.. I know what it boils down to is me deciding to change the way I’m doing things, creating some habits and making them stick. I know it’s a change I have to make and I know it’s no more complicated than that. It’s the same as the person who wants to lose weight. It’s not as hard as it seems, but because old habits can be persistent mother freakers, the challenge can seem larger than what it is. I’m guessing a similar concept with my Japanese studies and my, severely, off-kilter schedule.
This time I actually need some inspiration from you guys. For those of you readers who are study warriors (regardless of the subject matter), what methods do you use to get yourself through those troughs and plateaus that plague so many of us. Leaving your ideas in the comments section below would be much appreciated.
p.s.- I believe the root of my problem is that I have one too many irons in the fire right now and something’s just gotta give, because I don’t have the time to even do the stuff I really enjoy (exercising regularly, karate, cooking balanced meals). It’s a vicious cycle, and I don’t like where it’s going.
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