Long story short: I’m from the PNW. I’ve been dealing with Japanese language / culture on and off since I was 12. We moved to Iowa when I was 17, so my parents could retire - and I’m still here. I went to college for Classical Languages and did Latin, Attic Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. I work full-time, and don’t have the ability right now to fit any actual classes into a schedule, so I’m working through the Berkeley text / curriculum for Japanese on my own.
So it’s not a matter of not knowing how to learn a language or how to do deal with it. But, I feel stuck as I feel very isolated and awkward, which is creating a rut for me in Japanese as I’m just going over the same thing over and over. I’ve watched Koichi’s video about moving on and making mistakes and not just trying to be perfect, but I’m a consummate perfectionist - and I don’t have anyone to talk to, or anything.
I’m going to Europe this November, and Japan is the next place on my list after that, so I’m trying to pull my head out of books and games, but I don’t really do well with interacting with other people and don’t know where to start.
I guess I don’t know how to find people to talk to / write to at a level appropriate to my knowledge and that is making my rut worse.
Does anyone have any advice?