My Japanese history has been very strange! I took 3 years of it in college, but did not have a lot of energy to devote to it. I even had a concentration in Japanese (which is a level below a Minor). But even after 3 years, I couldn’t hold a conversation without being stressed or stumbling. Then I dropped it entirely, because life got in the way.
So last year, I had more free time and I wanted to learn a language. I signed up for a local university’s “After Hours” class, which turned out to be incredibly useful. Over the course of 3 classes (2 semesters), we went all the way through all of the grammar points. There was a strong focus on being able to talk, not just study. And now, I can have conversations with people (although I definitely make mistakes). I also meet up twice a week to chat in Japanese with other students. So far our conversations are very beginner (“Hi - what’d you yesterday?” “I did this thing” “Oh, do you want to do this other thing?” “I don’t have a lot of time, tonight I’m going to this other thing”, etc.) but it’s better than nothing. We focus on a grammar point and practice it.
Bunpo.jp looks amazing! I’ve learned all of the grammar, but I have not solidified some of the more advanced grammar points. I have a hard time recalling how to use them. Thank you for the recommendation I will definitely check it out.
I tried HelloTalk once, but I didn’t get very far with it. I was paired with someone who was learning Japanese, but just wanted to talk in English. Do you have a lot of text or voice conversations with native speakers? How do those go?