So I could use some advice. I began learning Japanese while I was in Japan doing an intensive learning program. Which was great and taught me a lot of stuff. For example my professor says that my pronunciation is the best in the class, I assume that’s because I learned it surrounded by Japanese people. However, he says constantly that I lack basic Japanese conversational skills, he’s a really strict Japanese sensei. Think Mr. Miyagi but with 1970’s cop sunglasses. Anyway, what he says is completely true. He says that I am probably like this because I learned the foundations in Japan. And in Japan, as i’m sure many of you know, the Japanese will rarely correct your japanese so I got some bad habits. Cause you know, practice doesnt make perfect, just permanent. I can listen to Japanese, read Japanese, write Japanese and even speak Japanese. I can say advanced phrases and stuff like that, however, my foundation is lacking and I constantly make small mistakes like misconguations or incorrect particle usage on more basic things. He keeps telling me I have to relearn my foundation in order to proceed to more advanced material in Japanese.
I guess my question is, does anyone have any advice on how I can “relearn the basics” or “learn my foundation again”? I know that I have to do it if I want to continue advancing in Japanese, I just am not sure at the best approach.